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True confession 

Given the evidence of television, America may be the most 
profusely confessional nation since the Spanish Inquisition 
put aside its rack and auto-da-fe. 

Center stage one recent morning, a man — urged on by a 
pleasant master of ceremonies — confesses that he betrayed 
his wife with her younger sister. Stage left, the sister crosses 
her legs in a mini-skirt and confesses that she had always re- 
sented her older sibling. Stage right, the wife weeps, confess- 
ing that she had not paid sufficient attention to her husband. 

A little farther along the electronic midway, an array of 
sinners beckons: a former sitcom actress who has just pub- 
lished the story of her decline and fall by drugs and bulim- 
ia; an admitted murderer who has found God but is still 
seeking commutation of his death sentence; a woman who 
left her infant behind a police station; an athlete who is not 
going to snort coke ever again; a genial mob hitman (subject 
of a made-for-TV movie) on a velvet sofa in a ranch house 
somewhere in the Southwest; an insurance appraiser who 
duped car accident victims for 20 years and who says, from 
behind the dark circle that chases his face like a tadpole 
scurrying for the safety of shade, that he wasn't the only 
guilty party, only the one they caught. 

"We cannot well do without our sins. They are the high- 
way of our virtue," Thoreau mused in his journal. Henry 
David could be a wise-guy, and it isn't always safe to assume 
his meanings. But I take his metaphors here for granted. Sin 
is a road. It stretches to the horizon and never gets any 
wider, deeper, or more interesting than it already was. 
Brother kills brother. Lover betrays lover. President is un- 
faithful to wife in Oval Office while at the same time talking 
on the phone with a lobbyist from the sugar industry. It's a 
repeated dim figure, dull and dulling as the TV shows that 
profit by amplifying its banal strain. 

I was reminded of this when I visited a courthouse a few 
months ago to sue a guy who'd resurfaced a bathtub for me. 
I was prepared with speech and photographs, but winning 
the case took 15 seconds — the length of time it took for the 
judge to determine that Alex B. hadn't showed up to contest 
my claim that he'd made my bathtub look like a guano-cov- 
ered atoll. Time suddenly bestowed on me, I went upstairs 
to catch an hour of criminal court. 

I happened to walk in on arraignment hearings and so 
was tn at i to a swift parade of 10 or so sinners, including a 
man wh< .;lked naked down a city street on a Saturday 

afternoon with no expectation of being arrested. I seem to 
recall that all the accused were men of about 30, many had 
moustaches, all of them mumbled when addressing the 
court, and all said "sir" as frequently as they could. 

And then a door opened to admit a court officer leading 
four young men who were manacled at arm and ankle and 
shackled to each other with chain. Two of these sad figures, 
it developed, had been arrested for assault, and a third for 
car theft. Sitting side-by-side on a wooden pew, they be- 
haved like fools. One admitted to a second crime while 
being arraigned for the first and had to be told by the judge 
to shut up. A second would not take his lawyer's advice re- 
garding a plea bargain. A third ogled the young female dis- 
trict attorneys and at several points urged his fellows to do 
the same. 

The fourth was a short, muscular young man who might 
have stepped from a mural in an Aztec ruin. It developed 
that he had beaten his roommate with a claw hammer and 
was being charged with attempted murder. He stood at at- 
tention and gazed at a place high on the courtroom wall 
while his story emerged from a dialectic between DA and 
lawyer: argument, struggle over hammer, 911 call, bloody 
scene, quiet surrender to police, no previous criminal 
record, references from an employer who wanted him back 
at work, a plea for bail. Occasionally, the young man's chest 
swelled suddenly, like the bosom of a child trying to catch 
his breath after a crying jag. 

Ultimately the man was refused bail. As he was being led 
away, he turned to face the congregation of defendants, 
lawyers, town counsels, nervous sweethearts, police wit- 
nesses, and me. Red-eyed with exhaustion, he threw us a 
look of anguish, remorse, terror, and appeal that landed like 
a rock thrown through a window. "Salve ?ne," the note 
would have read. 

I have not heard from Alex B. since the court declared him 
to be in my debt; nor do I expect to hear from him until the 
contempt-of-court fines start to pile up. But if I should ever 
see him again, I would not know him, despite the fact that he 
once spent several hours in my company in my house. 
His face is gone. The face of the sorrowful prisoner in the 
Quincy District Court I believe I will always remember. 

Our story on confession begins on page 24. 

Ben Birnbaum 

FALL 2000 


VOL. 60 NO. 4 







24 Hear no evil 

By James M. O'Toole 

Perhaps the most striking development in the practice of 
confession in the U.S. has been its disappearance. 

35 Beantown 

By Thomas H. 'Connor 
One man's tour of the details. 

42 The hipster of Joy Street 

By Pamela Petro 

John Wieners left BC to live a Baudelairean life 

of poetry. Amazingly, he survived. So have his poems. 

52 The voyage of the Monte Carlo 

By Charlotte Bruce Harvey 

Daniel Linehan, SJ, '27 knew better than to sail into 

the Arctic in a wooden boat, but did it anyway. The record 

of his journey — photos and diaries — is in BC's archives. 



Now arriving. Rankings filed. 
Tea for 75,000. Out of Nigeria. 
A Superior mystery. That certain 
je ne sais quoi. Good chemistry. 
The defendant. Flights of fancy. 
Red all over. 


62 Q&A 

Political scientist Alan Wolfe 
on intellectual ambitions at 
evangelical colleges. 


Painter Doug Safranek '78. 


Follows page 32. 


Photograph by Lee Pellegrini. 




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Ben Birnbaum 


Anna Marie Murphv 


Susan Calla^han 


Gary W. Gilbert 


Lee Pellegrini 


Annette Trivette 


Elizabeth Gehrman 


John Ombelets 

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I disagree entirely with Profes- 
sor Marc Landy's contention 
that there have been no great 
presidents since FDR ["Monu- 
mental achievements," Sum- 
mer 2000]. Whatever blem- 
ishes the Watergate scandal 
has left, the fact remains, 
as President Clinton said in his 
eulogy, that "the time for 
judging Richard Nixon on the 
basis of one aspect of his life 
is long over." 

Nixon is still the man who 
ended the Vietnam War and 
brought home the American 
POWs, strengthened the 
American military when it had 
grown dangerously weak, initi- 
ated the first meaningful 
arms-limitation talks, opened 
up China to Western diploma- 
cy and business, improved 
our relations with the Soviet 
Union, launched one of the 
most effective crackdowns 
on organized crime in our 
nations history, integrated the 
vast majority of the American 
Souths schools in a constitu- 
tional manner, made giant 
strides toward peace in the 
Middle East, turned around 
the American economy after a 
long slump, restored law and 
order to American campuses, 
to some degree successfully 
defended American business 
against unconstitutional social- 
istic legislation, and gave 
18-year-olds the right to vote. 

Waterbury, Connecticut 

I find it incredible, though not 
surprising given the ideological 
bent of BC's faculty, that Marc 
Landy chose to exclude Ronald 
Reagan from his list of presi- 
dential greats because the 
Republicans did not gain in 

Congress during Reagan's term. 

Lest we forget, in 1980 
there were many who openly 
declared that the Cold War 
was a lost cause. Reagan 
proved them wrong. The suc- 
cess of Reagan's fiscal policy 
laid the groundwork for the 
economic expansion we enjoy 
today. The ultimate victory of 
Reagan's ideas can be gauged 
by the fact that the Democrats 
have since appropriated his 
positions on issues such as 
reforming welfare, balancing 
the budget, and strengthening 
law enforcement. In my opin- 
ion, that Reagan was able 
to accomplish so much while 
faced with a Democratic 
majority in Congress only en- 
hances his claim to greatness. 

Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania 

Harry Truman did not need 
Roosevelt's shroud to be elect- 
ed in 1948. He made the 
tough A-bomb decisions and 
had served almost all of FDR's 
final term. A recent C-SPAN 
survey puts him at number 
five — ahead of Thomas Jeffer- 
son, which makes Harry great 
in my mind. In June 1948, 
Truman made the decision to 
immediately recognize Israel, 
an FDR-type move. 

Re FDR: Of course his 
pluses far outweigh his minus- 
es. If he had followed George 
Washington's two-term limit 
— most of Roosevelt's faux pas 
were in his third and fourth 
terms — he could have been 
called the greatest. 


Framingbam, Massachusetts 

FDR was a leftist liberal and 
an ambitious, unscrupulous 
egoist who would have stayed 

on as president for 50 more 
years, had he lived that long. 
As for his initiating the path 
toward a totally nonpartisan 
government — isn't a nonparti- 
san government what China 
and Cuba have now and what 
the Soviet Union had until re- 
cently? Party politics, as frayed 
as it is, is still a guarantee of 
some form of liberty. Landy's 
article smacked of revisionism. 

Go/eta, California 

Marc Landy replies: I very much 
appreciate and empathize with 
the ringing endorsements of 
Truman, Nixon, and Reagan, 
but I ask the letter writers 
to remember my definition of 
greatness. It is not goodness. 
I agree, on the whole, with the 
lists of specific accomplish- 
ments they compile. But in 
none of these cases do the lists 
add up to a "conservative revo- 
lution" on a par with those led 
by the five greats. 

Nixon was not a strong 
party leader; he had made a 
shambles of the Republican 
party even before his ignomin- 
ious resignation (an event 
that Mr. Zanett chooses to put 
aside). No new regime was 
ushered in as a result of his 
tenure. Reagan's unwillingness 
to even try to obtain a con- 
gressional majority in 1986 
speaks to the strange lack of 
ambition that undermined his 
"conservative revolution." 
Truman is number five with 
C-SPAN, but he is number 
one with me, in terms of my 
affections. But the profound 
political transformation that 
greatness implies can only be 
secured through a re-election 
campaign (Andrew Jackson 
in 1832, FDR in 1936). 

2 FALL 2000 

Perhaps we should invent 
a new categoiy for Truman 
called best one-termer. As for 
FDR, maybe the letter writer 
is correct to say "he would 
have stayed on for SO years." 
If so I would probably still be 
voting for him. Come to think 
of it, I still am. 

Thank you for the update on 
My Mother's Fleabag ["Free 
play," Summer 2000]. I had 
the pleasure of being a writer 
and cast member for the very 
first show in 1980. 

I thought you might be 
interested to learn the career 
paths of members of die first 
My Mother's Fleabag: Jim Pitt 
'81 is a producer with the 
Conan O'Brien Show and exec- 
utive producer of Hard Rock 
Live after a long tenure as a 
producer at Saturday Night 
Live; Anne Garefino '81 is ex- 
ecutive producer of Comedy 
Central's South Park; Cindy 
Malo '81 is editor of the HBO 
series Oz. 

As for me, I turned into an 
actor of sorts. I am a trial 
lawyer in Chicago. Part of my 
practice is devoted to enter- 
tainment law. 

Clarendon Hills, Illinois 

When I first looked at the CT 
scan frame on the table-of- 
contents page of your Spring 
2000 issue, I selfishly thought 
for a few seconds that BC had 
somehow gotten hold of my 
CT scan. What a shock to see 
"it" again. 

I was moved by "Hello my 
friends: The medical bulletins 
of Jojo David" because 
I have been down a similar 

path. During the spring and 
summer of 1999 I was treated 
with chemotherapy and radia- 
tion for early-stage non- 
Hodgkin's lymphoma, the 
same type Jojo had. Since De- 
cember, I have been officially 
in complete remission. 

My attitude during much 
of the ordeal was not nearly as 
optimistic and spiritual as 
that of Jojo and his wife. I was 
angry and frightened, with 
periodic states of optimism. 
Despite myself, I knew — 
maybe in my soul? — that I 
would be fine. 

I admit it's a bit miraculous 
that what happened to me and 
Jojo (and many others) can 
be medically fixed; it takes 
longer to fix the head, though. 
Jojo's state of mind during 
his extensive treatment is in- 
spiring to me. 

Palmetto, Florida 

Congratulations on publishing 
Ron Hansen's article, "Com- 
munion" [Summer 2000]. So- 
cial scientists well know that 
religion and eating are two of 
the most communal activities 
in human society. 

Associate Professor of Sociology 

dalsimer's effect 

I read with great sadness that 
my former teacher Adele Dal- 
simer died this past winter 
["Italics," Linden Lane, Spring 
2000]. I remember her vividly 
in our Gasson Hall classroom, 
engaging her colleague Kevin 
O'Neill in vigorous debate. 
But there is one scene that I 
like to remember best. 

In the summer of 1996, 1 
was studying with Philip 

O'Leary at the Abbey Theatre 
Program in Dublin. We were 
invited to attend the opening 
evening of BC's Brian P. Burns 
paintings at the Hugh Lane 
Gallery in Dublin. Amid a 
notable crowd of academics 
and dignitaries, including the 
then-president of Ireland 
Maty Robinson, Adele min- 
gled diroughout the room, 
meeting and greeting every- 
one. Then, among all these 
luminaries, she recognized me 
through the crowd and gave 
me a wink. That was Adele 
Dalsimer — a leader in her field 
who never forgot her students. 

Ansonia, Connecticut 

In 1972, I had the great for- 
tune to have Adele Dalsimer 
as my freshman English 
teacher. In May, when she 
asked my plans and I told her 
I wanted to major in econom- 
ics, she did not simply argue; 
she told me I must major 
in English, and she selected 
the two courses I would take 
in the fall. I changed my 
major and never looked back, 
taking every course of Adele's 
that I could possibly fit into 
my schedule. I had three male 
friends in a class of hers my 
last semester — of course, they 
all had huge crushes on her. 
We were in awe; she'd even 
named her children in iambic 

Los Angeles 

I noticed the passing of Pro- 
fessor Raymond Keyes of the 
School of Management on 
July IS. 

It was the first semester of 
my junior year when I met 

Ray, and pretty late in my aca- 
demic career at BC to be 
thinking about a major. I had 
already flirted with account- 
ing, finance, and computer 
science, and contemplated 
transferring to A&S. Sitting in 
my first Basic Marketing class, 
I was wondering when acade- 
mic flirtation would turn to 
passion when suddenly Ray 
Keyes entered the room with 
his booming voice and bound- 
less enthusiasm. Within half 
an hour my passion for mar- 
keting was kindled. Over my 
last two years at BC, Ray 
Keyes served as teacher, men- 
tor, and friend. We never 
trulv comprehend how our 
actions positively influence 
the lives of others. Keyes's 
accomplishments transcended 
the classroom. God be with 
you, Ray Keyes. 
joe cordo •-'> 
Sudbury, Massachusetts 

I want to thank BCM and Tim 
Hawley for the excellent arti- 
cle on the optical memory re- 
search going on in my 
laboratory ["Under glass," 
Linden Lane, Spring 2000]. 
I would also like to point out 
one very important aspect of 
this research that was not 
covered; namely, that it is 
being carried out by two of 
my talented graduate-student 
colleagues, Michael Previte 
and Chris Olson, who deserve 
equal credit for even-thing 
that has been accomplished. 


Associate Professor of Chemistry 

BCM welcomes letters from readers. 
Letters may be edited for length and clar- 
ity, and must be signed to be published. 
Our fax number is (617) 552-2441; our 
e-mail address is 



welcome chance — Long the homely stepsister of Boston College entryways, the Lower Campus Road has recently 
been improved with trees, a plaza, cafe tables, and a food kiosk. Above, the view from Vanderslice Hall, looking west 
toward the Middle Campus. 



The leadership of the University 
continues to evolve under President 
William P. Leahy, SJ, as a new vice 
president and dean were introduced 
this fall. And with the announcement 
of their appointments came news that 
a senior administrator who played a 
critical role in reviving Boston Col- 
lege in the 1970s will he stepping 
down after this academic year. 

In October, Cheiyl Presley joined 
the University as vice president for 
student affairs, responsible for vir- 
tually all aspects of BC students' 
environment outside the classroom. 
Presley was recently associate vice 
president for student affairs and 
associate professor in the education 
department at Colorado State Uni- 
versity. A Colorado native, she holds 

4 FALL 2000 

a Ph.D. in higher education 
administration from the Uni- 
versity of Michigan. 

As an administrator at 
CSU, Presley led the drive to 
resuscitate the school's flag- 
ging career center, which had 
suffered during a state bud- 
getary cutback in die late 
1980s. She also focused on 
raising undergraduate reten- 
tion rates. The result was 
the coordination of services 
ranging from academic coun- 
seling to financial aid, and 
a program of clustered courses 
for freshmen aimed at foster- 
ing academic community. She 
received Colorado State's 
Distinguished Faculty/Staff 
Award in both 1997 and 1998. 

At BC, Presley inherits a 
staff of some 200 full- and 
part-time employees (and 300 
student workers) involved in 
services that include housing, 
student development, AHANA 
student programs, health and 
medical services, counseling, 
Learning Resources for 
Student Athletes, the Career 
Center, First- Year Experience, 
Learning to Learn, and the 
Robsham Theater Arts Center. 
She succeeds Kevin P. Duffy, 
who retired after 24 years. 

Presley has been struck 
by what she describes as BC 
undergraduates' "pride in the 
full experience here — what 
they've learned, what they've 
participated in, the University's 
focus on service, the study- 
abroad programs, athletics." 
She would like to see that kind 
of attachment grow among 
graduate students as well. "It's 
an issue at all universities," she 
says, "not just BC. Graduate 
students often get lost in stu- 
dent affairs because they're not 
a captive audience." After her 
years at a public university, 

Presley: A Colorado transplant 
focuses on "the full experience" 

Presley also looks forward to 
opportunities for incorporat- 
ing spirituality and religion 
into campus life. "I understand 
and respect the barriers that 
exist at public institutions," 
she says, "but retention rates 
are higher when we attend to 
the full needs of students." 

When she was 1 3 years old, 
Helen Frame Peters, the new 
dean of the Carroll School 
of Management, spent a week 
living in a 9-by-12-foot fall- 
out shelter with her parents 
and two sisters. Part of an 
experiment conducted by the 
National Civil Defense, the 
experience, Peters jokes, may 
account for her professional 
interest in "risk management." 
It may also explain her willing- 
ness, over a 2 5 -year career, 
to inhabit a variety of business 
and academic environments. 
Peters comes to BC from 
a career that has taken her 
from the Federal Reserve 
Bank of Philadelphia (where, 
as an economist finishing up 
her dissertation, she rose to 
become operating manager of 
the research department) to, 
most recently, the position 
of director and chief invest- 
ment officer of Scudder 
Kemper Investment's Global 

Bond Group, where she over- 
saw the management of $150 
billion worth of bonds and 
money-market instruments. 

Peters left the Federal Re- 
serve in 1980, and went on to 
manage Merrill Lynch 's debt 
strategy group. At the time, 
she says, "It was very unique 
to see a Ph.D. on Wall Street. 
Then the industry changed." 
In 1984, she launched Security 
Pacific Strategies, a research 
arm of Security Pacific Na- 
tional Bank created to bring 
the commercial institution 
into the investment field. 
Dubbed a think tank by the 
business press, SPS offered 
high-tech financial analysis 
and new financial products. 
Peters eventually moved "from 
the sell side to the buy side," 
as she puts it, spending seven 
years at Colonial Management 
Associates in Boston, where 
she was named chief invest- 
ment officer. 

At a time when business 
schools are debating the merits 
of choosing their leaders from 
academe versus the business 
world, Peters emerges as a 
hybrid. A graduate of the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania's arts 
and sciences program (she 
majored in economics), Peters 
received a master's in statistics 

Peters: A background in business 
and academic experience 

Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair 


The husband-and-wife team of 
Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair 
will share BC's new Norma Jean 
Calderwood University Professor- 
ship in Islamic and Asian Art. Both 
scholars hold Ph.D.s from Harvard 
University, he in fine arts and she in 
fine arts and Middle Eastern stud- 
ies. Both have been visiting profes- 
sors at Harvard, Dartmouth, and 
MIT. They are co-authors of three 
books, including Islam: A Thousand 
Years of Power and Faith (TV Books, 
2000), and are the parents of two 
young children. Bloom and Blair will 
alternate teaching and child-care 
duties on a semester rotation. 


The first endowed professorship in 
the School of Nursing, the Lelia 
Holden Carroll Professorship, has 
been awarded to Judith Vessey, a 
professor at the Johns Hopkins Uni- 
versity School of Nursing. Vessey is 
a certified pediatric nurse practition- 
er whose research is in developmen- 
tal pediatrics and childhood pain. 
She holds an MA and a Ph.D. in 
nursing from the University of Penn- 
sylvania and is the author of Primary 
Care of the Child with a Chronic Con- 
dition (Mosby, 1996). 


The Interlibrary Loan Department 
at Boston College has been named 
Interlibrary Loan Department of the 
Year by New England's 500-member 
library cooperative, NELINET 


Although BC accepted only 32 per- 
cent of applicants for the class 
of 2004, and sent out 400 fewer 
acceptance letters than last year, it 
wound up with a 1 percent gain in 
yield (now 34 percent). The result 
is a freshman class whose com- 
bined middle 50 percent range of 
SAT scores is 1230-1370, compared 
with 1200-1340 for the Class of 
2000. AHANA students make up 
21 percent of the entering class. 


Tax and fiscal specialists from 
around the world attended 
the symposium "Globalization 
and the Taxation of Foreign Invest- 
ment" in Munich last September, 
held in honor of Law Professor 
Hugh Ault. A special adviser to 
the Organization for Economic 
Cooperation and Development, 
Ault has served as advisor to the 
finance ministries of Sweden, 
Albania, China, and Japan. 


The Board of Trustees welcomes 
three new members: Peter W. 
Bell '86, president and CEO of 
StorageNetworks, Inc.; Kathleen 
A. Corbet '82, chief investment/ 
operations officer of Alliance 
Capital Management Company; 
and Robert F. Cotter '73, president 
and chief operating officer of 
Starwood Hotels & Resorts, 
Worldwide, Inc. 


The BC chapter of Phi Beta Kappa 
has recognized Associate Professor 
of Communication Dale Herbeck 
for excellence in teaching and 
advising by bestowing on him its 
2000 Teaching Award. Herbeck 
teaches courses on the First 
Amendment and communications 
law, including a popular offering 
on cyberlaw. 

from the Wharton School of 
Management. In 1979, she 
also became the first woman 
at Wharton to earn a Ph.D. in 
finance. She serves on the 
graduate board of overseers at 
Wharton and on the Trustees' 
Council of Penn Women. 
At BC she succeeds John J. 
Neuhauser, who has become 
academic vice president. 

Peters is only the third 
woman to head a top- 50 
business school (the others are 
Carolyn Woo at the University 
of Notre Dame and Laura 
D'Andrea Tyson at the Univer- 
sity of California at Berkeley). 
Her biggest challenge, coming 
from business, Peter says, 
will be to maintain connections 
to a more varied community 
of stakeholders — faculty, 
administration, trustees, 
students. But, she says, "I've 
always enjoyed working 
the links. More than being a 
specialist, I like to make an 
environment for specialists." 

There are many in the 
University's administration, 
faculty, and staff, as well as in 
the local media, who say there 
would be no Boston College 
today were it not for the labors 
of Frank B. Campanella, exec- 
utive vice president for 24 of 
the past 27 years. At the annu- 
al Convocation in September, 
President William P. Leahy, 
SJ, surprised faculty and staff 
with the announcement that 
Campanella will leave his post 
this spring and, following a 
year's sabbatical, return to the 
Carroll School of Manage- 
ment to teach. 

Campanella came to 
Boston College as a member 
of the faculty in 1970. An 
ex-marine with a background 

in the construction business 
and a doctorate from Harvard 
University, he was in his 
third year of teaching in BC's 
School of Business Adminis- 
tration, "very happily," he says, 
when then-President J. Don- 
ald Monan, SJ, asked him to 
take on the job of managing 
the University's operating and 
financial affairs. 

The institution's condition 
at that time was so endangered 
that the Lmiversity of Massa- 
chusetts was said to be eyeing 
the Chestnut Hill campus 

24-year man Campanella: No 
eurekas, but constant progress 

for its own expansion. BC 
had been operating with what 
Campanella calls "major" 
deficits for five years, and its 
liabilities exceeded its assets. 
The University's endowment 
was an insignificant $5 million, 
and faculty salaries were 
frozen at a level that took BC 
out of competition for excel- 
lent teachers. To make matters 
worse, research showed that 
the University's traditional 
regional pool of applicants 
was shrinking at a higher rate 
than the pool of college appli- 
cants nationwide. 

The course Campanella 
charted to revive BC has 
become a model for other uni- 

versities. First, he created op- 
erating surpluses by raising 
both the enrollment and 
the tuition rate, all the while 
controlling costs. He chan- 
neled these surpluses into the 
endowment, augmented 
by gifts, which he protected 
rather than spent. With BC's 
debt capacity thus enlarged, 
Campanella began borrowing 
to build dormitories and ex- 
pand academic facilities, with 
additions such as the O'Neill 
and Law School libraries, 
and the Merkert and Higgins 
science centers, to attract stu- 
dents from across the country 
and abroad. 

As a result of Campanula's 
financial strategy, the Univer- 
sity has reported an operating 
surplus every year since 1973. 
Its net asset value is now $1 .34 
billion, and its endowment has 
grown to $1.1 billion. Faculty 
salaries hover at about the 
90th percentile among compa- 
rable universities, while under- 
graduate applications have 
more than doubled, making 
Boston College one of the top 
five universities nationwide 
in total applications. There 
was no "eureka kind of experi- 
ence," says Campanella, but 
"a constant, steady, and persis- 
tent movement forward." 

When Campanula's 
decision to step down was 
announced at Convocation, 
the full assembly of faculty 
and staff rose and saluted him 
with a standing ovation that 
went on for several minutes. 
Above the din, a faculty 
member was heard to explain 
to a neighbor, "When I first 
came here in the '70s, people 
would point him out to me. 
They'd say, 'he saved us.'" 

Anna Marie Murphy 

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Undergrad admission and alumni gifts drive a critical ranking 

The annual 17.5. News & World 
Report survey of American 
colleges and universities has 
ranked Boston College 38th 
among the country's 228 
national universities in its 
September 5 issue. 

The rankings saw Prince- 
ton University move into the 
number-one position, replacing 
the California Institute of 
Technology. Harvard and Yale 
universities tied for second, 
with Cal Tech (4th) and MIT 
(5th) completing the top five. 

Boston College, which 
moved up one place in the 
overall rankings to 38th (a 
position it shares with Case 
Western Reserve and Lehigh 
universities), was aided in 
its advance by improvement 
in admissions selectivity, from 
36th place last year to 33 rd. 
The percentage of alumni who 
made a gift to the school — 

one voice — Coretta Scott 
King (center) linked arms 
with BC's Voices of Imani, 
joining in a rendition of 
"We Shall Overcome" be- 
fore addressing a packed 
Robsham Theater audience 
on October 16. King met 
privately earlier in the day 
with President William P. 
Leahy, SJ, and with leaders 
of Undergraduate Govern- 
ment, which sponsored her 
visit. She also presented 
this year's Martin Luther 
King, Jr., Community Ser- 
vice Award. 

averaged over two years — also 
improved, from 47th to 32nd, 
with BC enjoying an average 
of 28 percent. Though the 
University did move from 
108th to 99th in the category 
of financial resources — which 
measures investment in 
research and academics — BC 
remains weak in this area in 
comparison with other highly 
ranked institutions. 

Just one point separated 
BC from sharing a 35th-place 
ranking with Georgia Tech, 
the University of Southern 
California, and the University 
of Wisconsin. 

According to Dean of En- 
rollment Management Robert 
Lay, Boston College "contin- 
ues to be ranked in the top 25 
for two of the key criteria 
that U.S. News recommends 
for students and their parents 
choosing colleges" — that is, 

graduation rate (19th) and 
acceptance rate (23 rd). In 
fact, notes Lay, BC ranked 
5th this year among national 
private universities in fresh- 
man applications, just behind 
Cornell University and USC, 
and ahead of Harvard and 
Stanford University. 

Boston College, the Uni- 
versity of Notre Dame (19th), 
and Georgetown University 
(23 rd) were the only Catholic 
universities in the top 40, 
and BC was the only one of 
the three to advance in the 
rankings. California boasted 
the most schools in the top 40 
with six, followed by Massa- 
chusetts with five — Harvard, 
MIT, Tufts University, 
Brandeis University, and BC. 
Jack Dunn 

Jack Dunn is director of public 
affairs at Boston College. 

Michael J. Buckley, SJ 


The Catholic Theological Society of 
America has bestowed its highest 
award for excellence in theology, 
the John Courtney Murray Award, 
on Canisius Professor of Theology 
Michael J. Buckley, SJ. Since 1992, 
Buckley has been director of the 
Jesuit Institute at Boston College. 


Eighty-eight players competed in 
the first annual "Sonny" Nictakis 
Memorial Golf Tournament 
October 8 at the Bay Pointe Coun- 
try Club in Bourne, Massachusetts. 
The tournament raised close to 
$3,000 for the Peter "Sonny" 
Nictakis Baseball Scholarship 
Fund, established this year in 
memory of Nictakis '99, who died 
of Hodgkin's disease in August. 
Nictakis was catcher for the 
Boston College baseball team, and 
1998-99 team captain. 


"The Art of the Book," an exhibit 
of early printed books and illumi- 
nated manuscripts, miniatures, 
and single leaves from the fifth to 
the 16th centuries, ran October 12 
to November 19 at the Burns 
Library. Included in the 100 exhibit 
items were narrow strips from 
a mid-fifth-century rendering of St. 
Hilary's treatise on the Trinity — 
plundered centuries ago to make 
repairs to another manuscript — 
and a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible, 
circa 1455. 


The making of JFK 


On November 4, 1952, John F. Kennedy, a 
three-term congressman, defeated incum- 
bent Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., to become 
only the third Democrat in history elected 
to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. It 
was a decisive moment. Had Kennedy lost, 
it is likely that his political career would 
have ended right there. Lodge, in all likeli- 
hood, would have emerged as one of the 
most powerful political figures in the coun- 
try, with a good chance of succeeding Ohio's 
Robert A. Taft as Senate Majority Leader. 

But Lodge didn't win in 1952. In fact, he 
never held elective office again. Instead, he 
served the remainder of his years in public 
life in a series of appointive offices, starting 
with his posting as the U.S. representative 
to the United Nations in 1953. Although 
many factors contributed to the Democrat- 
ic victory, it was Kennedy's blunt, inspired 
courtship of the relatively new and unchart- 
ed women's vote, introduced in 1920, that 
gained him a Senate seat. 

"These tea parties that Kennedy is hold- 
ing the length and breadth of the state ap- 
pear to have many women, of all ages, quite 
excited about the young candidate," reported the Haverhill 
Gazette, a conservative daily published 30 miles north of 
Boston, on October 7, 1952. "They ooh and they aah when 
you mention him, they tell you they think he is wonderful, 
they give every indication of yearning to run their fingers 
through his tousled hair. They never mention any qualifica- 
tions that he may have or may lack for service in the Senate, 
but this would be too much to expect." 

Carefully planned by Pauline "Polly" Fitzgerald, a first 
cousin of Rose Kennedy, and Helen Keyes, a popular gym 
teacher from Dorchester, the Kennedy teas were a frank 
play for the women's vote, which one publication at the time 
put at more than 52 percent of the electorate in Massachu- 
setts. An estimated 75,000 women from diverse socio- 
economic and cultural backgrounds went to these affairs. 
Though most of the teas were concentrated in the Boston 
metropolitan area — not surprising given the traditionally 

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Women turned out 
U.S. Senate. Above, 

by the thousands to greet the handsome young (and single) candidate for 
Kennedy is joined by his mother, Rose, on the receiving line. 

strong Democratic Party base there — a significant number 
were staged in populous outlying communities like Lowell, 
New Bedford, Worcester, and Springfield. Always, their pri- 
mary function was to attract as many potential female voters 
as possible. 

The procedure used for setting up the tea parties was 
straightforward: In every city or town where a reception was 
scheduled, Fitzgerald and Keyes would recruit a locally pop- 
ular Kennedy supporter, usually a male professional, to help 
organize the event. "It was very unusual for women to par- 
ticipate in politics at that time," says Fitzgerald. "The man 
we'd get from each community would form a committee of 
50 women who were prominent for one reason or another, 
and we'd ask each of the 50 women to get in touch with 10 
people to see if they would come to the tea and then ask 
each of those 10 people if they could think of 10 more; in 
the end, you'd have 5,000 people." 

Engraved invitations were mailed. For some recipients, 
explained Kennedy aide Dave Powers, "the only thing they 
ever find in the mailbox is a bill, and they find this invitation 
to go to a reception at a hotel and meet Rose Kennedy and 
the rest of them — they'd put on their best hat and coat and 
be there." 

Of a reception in Lenox attended by more than 2,000 
women, the local Berkshire Eagle noted on September 8, 1952, 
that, in terms of sheer numbers, the event "was the greatest 
women's political rally ever staged in the area since women 
were given the voting franchise more than 30 years ago." In 
every sense, the paper concluded, the tea party was a success. 
"The Kennedys, who footed the bill, were satisfied; the 
women, most of whom were bedecked in Sunday's finest, en- 
joyed themselves; and several milliners and dress shop opera- 
tors of the county, who were in attendance, were more than 
satisfied because [the tea] was responsible for an unusual end- 
of-the-summer run on hats, frocks, and shoes." In Swamp- 
scott, later that month, more than 6,000 women turned out to 
meet the candidate at a tea in the New Ocean House, a hotel 
along the rocky coasdine of Boston's North Shore. 

Most of the teas were held in large rented halls or elegant 
hotel ballrooms such as the Hotel Sheraton in Worcester 
and the Hotel Kimball in Springfield. With his charismatic 
mother and sisters at his side, Kennedy usually began the af- 
fairs by thanking everyone in the room for coming, while 
expressing the hope that they would support his candidacy 
in November. Following these remarks, the young Democ- 
rat and his family would form a reception line and greet 
every person in attendance. "A few women," a veteran jour- 
nalist later wrote, "got so carried away with the graciousness 
of the Kennedy receiving line that they concluded it by 
bussing the candidate on the cheek." 

Afterward, guests would receive in the mail a note from 
John Kennedy thanking them for their support, along with 
a reminder that they could render even greater service to 
the campaign by helping out on a local Kennedy-for-Sena- 
tor committee. 

Though issues such as domestic Communist subversion, 
Soviet expansionism, and the high cost of living were 
touched upon, the primary focus of the teas was the candi- 
date himself. As Cabell Phillips of the New York Times ob- 
served: "Unmarried, wealthy, Harvardishly casual in his 
dress, and with a distinguished war record in addition to his 
other attainments, he just about bracketed the full range of 
emotional interests of such an all-feminine group — mater- 
nal at one end and romantic at the other." 

Publicly, Lodge ridiculed the Kennedy teas. "I am told 
they are quite pleasant little affairs," he informed one audi- 
ence, "and I'm sure they are nonfattening." Privately, he was 
less flippant. Fearing the women's vote was slipping away 
from him, the Republican lawmaker agreed late in the cam- 
paign to accompany his publicity-shy wife, Emily Sears, to a 

series of house parties organized by his supporters across 
the state. 

The Times's Cabell Phillips wrote, "At one I went to the 
introductions were a trifle stiff. There seemed to be some 
awe both of the Lodge name and the presence of a United 
States Senator. But the Senator wandered informally into 
the kitchen for a brief chat with the husbands gathered 
around the ice bucket, and then into the living room to meet 
their wives. In a few minutes, he was seated comfortably on 
the arm of a chair and talking casually about Korea, the 
Taft-Hartley Act and the prospect of developing New Eng- 
land water resources." In a further attempt to attract female 
voters, Lodge prevailed upon his sister-in-law, the glam- 
orous Francesca Braggiotti, to come to Massachusetts to 
campaign on his behalf. The wife of Connecticut Governor 
John Davis Lodge, the senator's younger brother, Braggiotti 
had been born and raised in Italy, where she had achieved a 
small measure of fame as a dancer and movie actress. 

On November 3, 1952, a record 2,422,548 persons went to 
the Massachusetts polls. Early returns suggested that a Re- 
publican sweep was in the making. But at dawn, results broke 
in the Kennedy camp's favor. The final tally read Kennedy 
1,211,984 (51.5 percent), Lodge 1,141,247 (48.5 percent). 

Lodge initially blamed his defeat on "those damned tea 
parties." He may have been on to something. Though offi- 
cial election statistics from 1952 are frustratingly silent on 
the gender breakdown of voters due to the poor reporting 
methods of the times, some extrapolations can nevertheless 
be made. 

To begin with, Kennedy's final victory margin of some 
70,000 votes closely matched the number of guests, mostly 
women, who attended his tea receptions statewide during 
the campaign. Indeed, communities participating in large 
tea receptions recorded extraordinary increases in the num- 
ber of voters who went to the polls in comparison to 1946, 
strongly suggesting that women might have picked up the 
electoral slack in 1952. "Everywhere," the Boston American 
reported on election day, "there was evidence that women 
for the first time were taking complete advantage of their 
political emancipation. . . . They were turning out en masse, 
with babes in arms, in many cases." 

A record 90.94 percent of all eligible voters cast ballots 
statewide in 1952, an increase of more than 17 percent over 
1946. "[Kennedy's] theme was to hit on the women's vote," 
remembered Kennedy campaign volunteer Edward C. 
Berube. "He indicated this to me when I met him. . . that he 
figured the woman was the one that was going to put him in." 

Thomas J. Whalen 

Thomas J. Whalen, AL4 '91, Ph.D. '98, is an assistant professor 
of social sciences at Boston University. This article is excerpted 
from his Kennedy versus Lodge: The 1952 Alassachusetts 
Senate Race (Northeastern University Press, 2000). 



First place in the health sciences 
category of the Alpha Sigma Nu 
Book Awards has gone to a 1999 
publication by Nursing Professor 
Calista Roy, CSJ. The honor society 
of the Association of Jesuit Col- 
leges and Universities recognized 
The Roy Adaptation Model-Based 
Research: 25 Years of Contributions 
to Nursing Science with its first 
award in the new category. Roy has 
developed a holistic approach 
to nursing that considers clients 
(whether individuals or whole 
communities) as adaptive bio- 
psycho-social beings. 


Formal dedication of the Carolyn 
A. and Peter S. Lynch School 
of Education took place on 
November 2, with the symposium 
"Educational Excellence and Equity 
through Partnerships." Boston 
Superintendent of Schools 
Thomas Payzant served as moder- 
ator, and U.S. Senator Edward M. 
Kennedy (D-Mass.) delivered 
the keynote address. Last year, 
the Lynches donated more than 
$10 million to the University. Peter 
Lynch '65 is a BC trustee and 
vice chairman of Fidelity Manage- 
ment and Research Company. 
Carolyn Lynch is a graduate and 
trustee of the University of Penn- 
sylvania and president of the Lynch 


The Lynch School of Education 
has entered into a partnership with 
Facing History and Ourselves, a 
Massachusetts organization that 
trains teachers and develops 
curricula examining racism, anti- 
Semitism, and prejudice. Eighteen 
BC undergraduates will take 
part in Facing History seminars, 
design curriculum units, and train 
in secondary-school classrooms 
alongside mentors. 


Rhoda Nafziger 'on got Nigerian students talking 

"In every school I went to, when I asked for 10 volunteers, I got 40," says Nafziger, second from left with students at 
a Nigerian secondary school. The youngsters were initially surprised by Nafziger's interest in their views on AIDS. 

In May, Rhoda Nafziger, a BC 
senior majoring in sociology, 
boarded a plane for home. 
The month before, tJie U.S. 
State Department had warned 
against making the trip. 

The government's warning 
had been addressed to all U.S. 
citizens considering a visit to 
Nigeria; reading like a rap 
sheet, it ran down the dangers 
of Africa's most populous (and 
newly democratic) country: 
"violent crime, committed by 
ordinary criminals as well 
as by persons in police and 
military uniforms," "kidnap- 
ping for ransom," and various 
scams. A Consular Informa- 
tion Sheet offered more de- 

tails, citing unauthorized vehi- 
cle checkpoints; the crossfire 
of Christian-Muslim "distur- 
bances"; and the penalties for 
taking photographs of govern- 
ment bridges, airports, or 
"official-looking" buildings. 

That is not the Nigeria that 
Nafziger knows. "Nigeria is 
just home," she says, sitting on 
a shaded bench in front of 
Bapst Library. Her home city 
of Jos is a "very quiet," peace- 
ful place high in the moun- 
tains, blessed with temperate 
weather. Nafziger, a soft- 
spoken young woman, talks 
about the beautiful market- 
place, the vegetables and 
vendors, and how there are 

more tribes in Jos than she 
can name: The town attracts 
refugees from all over Nigeria. 

And that travel warning? 
It's the same one the U.S. 
government has been issuing 
for years, she says. How would 
a travel advisory for New 
York City read? 

Nafziger's trip home to see 
her mother, a businesswoman 
in Jos, wasn't strictly for plea- 
sure. As last year's recipient 
of the Amanda V. Houston 
fellowship, named for the first 
director of BC's Black Studies 
Program and awarded to a 
student of African descent, 
Nafziger elected to spend the 
summer in Jos with the goal 

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of establishing a grass-roots 
program to combat AIDS. 
The disease has interested 
Nafziger since high school; it 
has preoccupied Africa for 
years. Nigeria's AIDS rate is 
not at the epidemic level 
found in other parts of Africa, 
but at 5.4 percent of the adult 
population, it is nearly nine 
times the U.S. rate. 

Once on the ground in 
Nigeria, Nafziger says she 
"went on a scavenger hunt," 
rooting out general attitudes 
and perceptions about die 
disease: "I talked to doctors, 
teachers, taxi drivers . . . just 
to find out what they knew 
about AIDS." A general fear of 
AIDS, reports Nafziger, was in 
the air in Nigeria. But her orig- 
inal goal of building a commu- 
nity-based outreach program 
lost some of its shine when she 
found many people already 
doing what she had hoped to 
pioneer. Jos had a coordinator 
in place tied to AIDS programs 
statewide; nongovernmental 
organizations were channeling 
foreign grants into initiatives 
such as counseling and educa- 
tion; and the new civilian gov- 
ernment in Nigeria was making 
headway against the disease 
where the previous military 
regime had shown only indif- 
ference. A government pro- 
gram for secondary-school 
teachers, for instance, called 
"Faith-based AIDS Awareness," 
had begun providing training 
in teaching sexual morality, 
using separate Christian and 
Muslim curricula. 

This left Nafziger wanting 
to apply herself where she 
could be of the most use, and 
the need she found she could 
fill related directly to her 
major. What Nafziger says has 
been lacking in Nigeria is 

detailed demographic studies 
of the disease's carriers; break- 
downs of how different seg- 
ments of the population 
acquire AIDS and pass it on; 
and data on local attitudes, 
perceptions, and awareness. 

One fact about AIDS in 
Nigeria that is widely acknowl- 
edged is that the disease has hit 
young people from ages 1 5 to 
25 the hardest. Nafziger visited 
eight local schools and con- 
ducted surveys of secondary 
students in focus groups of 
eight to 10, boys separate from 
girls. The response was enthu- 
siastic. "In every school I went 
to, when I asked for 10 volun- 
teers," Nafziger recalls, "I 
got 40." The students, says 
Nafziger, were "pretty sur- 
prised" that someone — espe- 
cially one of their elders — was 
bothering to ask them their 
thoughts, questions, and fears 
about AIDS, sex and sexuality. 
Nigerian students assume that 
elders do not speak about such 
diings to young people, and 
indeed would not bother to ask 
a young person's opinion about 

One of Nafziger 's most 
salient findings was that young 
people in Nigeria are not 
unlike young people in the 
United States when it comes 
to the subject of sex and AIDS. 
Among both groups there are 
myths and misconceptions 
about how AIDS is contracted; 
there is fear about the disease 
and curiosity about sex (Niger- 
ian youth, discussing sex, 
snicker and giggle just like 
their U.S. counterparts); girls 
are reluctant to insist that 
their boyfriends wear con- 
doms; boys are timid about 
asking for condoms in the 
local pharmacy. Nigerian cul- 
ture, says Nafziger, casts every 

elder in the role of protective 
parent: If a young man tried to 
buy condoms, it wouldn't be 
uncommon or untoward for 
the man or woman behind the 
counter to retort, "What do 
you think you're doing, having 
sex at your age?" 

"A lot of people don't use 
condoms," Nafziger says, 
"because they think they're 
not going to work [anyway]." 
Rumor has it that Nigerian- 
made condoms are defective, 
and young people believe (er- 
roneously) that there are mi- 
croscopic holes in all condoms 
through which HIV can pass. 
Nevertheless, Nafziger favors 
a "condom-based" approach to 
fighting AIDS in Nigeria over 
a "religion-based" abstinence 
message. Lower-class Nigeri- 
ans, she says, often don't have 
a strong religious upbringing. 

After her summer fellow- 
ship, Nafziger remains hopeful 
for her country. In Jos, she 
says, the buses are extremely 
crowded (the U.S. State 
Department warns travelers 
off them), and when two 
Nigerians start having a de- 
bate, soon the whole bus joins 
in. "Nigerians can get through 
any problem by talking," 
says Nafziger, smiling — and 
with democracy in place now 
for more than a year, the air 
feels a little more open in Jos. 

Nafziger presented the 
findings of her fellowship to 
an audience at Boston College 
in October. After graduation, 
she plans to get her Ph.D. 
in public health and eventually 
return to Nigeria to work in 
the country's National Youth 
Sendee Corps. 

Timothy S. Lemire 

Timothy S. Lemire 'S9 is a writer 
living in Nntick, hlassachusetts. 

James Erps, SJ 


James Erps, SJ, Director of BC's 
Campus Ministry, had a cameo role 
on the television program ER on 
October 19. He played a priest 
called in to baptize a premature 
infant. The part grew out of a con- 
versation between Erps and Jack 
Orman, the executive producer and 
a friend from Erps's days in the 
chaplaincy at Loyola Marymount 
University in Los Angeles. Erps 
pointed out that in cities with large 
Catholic populations like Chicago, 
where ER is set, priests are often 
seen in emergency rooms. "I told 
him there weren't enough priests 
on the show," says Erps. "So he 
wrote a part for a priest and I vol- 
unteered for it." 


Three Boston College scientists 
have joined with colleagues at 
Boston University to form a 
cross-disciplinary team working 
to develop three-dimensional glass 
micro-electro-mechanical systems 
(MEMS). They are Associate 
Chemistry Professor John Fourkas, 
Assistant Chemistry Professor 
Scott Miller, and Physics Professor 
Michael Naughton. MEMS, which 
draw on the technology used in 
making computer chips, are now 
essentially two-dimensional. Going 
to three dimensions will greatly 
increase their range of functions. 
The team recently received a $1.5 
million grant from the National 
Science Foundation. 


The Superior 


Sr. Mary Edmond St. C 
unflattering newspaper 
be difficult for any man 

On a spring evening in 1836, a middle- 
aged woman walked out through the 
wrought-iron gates of the Ursuline con- 
vent in Old Quebec City and vanished, 
never to be heard from again. Women of 
that era often left the thinnest of traces 
for historians to follow. But this particu- 
lar woman, a cloistered nun, had never 
been one to go quiedy. 

Mary Anne Moffatt, or, as much of 
the American public knew her, Sister 
Mary Edmond St. George, had just 
two years before been the proud superi- 
or of the Mount Benedict Community 
in Charlestown, Massachusetts. On the 
night of August 11, 1834, in an act of 
anti-Catholic violence that stood out 
even amid widespread animosity toward 
Catholics, a Protestant mob burned the 
convent and school to the ground. In- 
stead of retreating into life in a cloister, 
Moffatt confronted the public's gaze. She published a de- 
fense of her convent that became a best-seller. Her testimo- 
ny at the trial of the arsonists' ringleader, spread by 
newspapers and a hastily printed popular book, gripped 
readers around the country. 

Today no one knows what Mary Anne Moffatt even 
looked like. A formal portrait in the Quebec Ursuline col- 
lection, like the subject herself, has mysteriously disap- 
peared. Only a cartoon printed in an account of the trial 
survives, but it depicts her as an old hag. 

I first encountered Mary Anne Moffatt through the writ- 
ings of those who despised her. I had just completed an arti- 
cle on Harriet Beecher Stowe, and had become interested in 
that author's ambivalence toward Catholicism. I was astound- 
ed to discover that a liberal abolitionist family like the Beech- 
ers had members who were virulently anti-Catholic. Stowe's 
father, the Reverend Lyman Beecher, had given three anti- 
Catholic sermons in Boston on the day before the convent 
riot. In retrospect, they had helped ignite the violence. 

When I first learned of the convent fire, I was living in 
Somerville, Massachusetts, where, in a section of town that 
had once been part of Charlestown, Moffatt's academy had 

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eorge in a deliberately 
illustration: "It would 
to control me." 

stood high on a hill. In a neighborhood 
still known as the Nunnery Grounds, 
the hill has been razed for landfill. A 
faded plaque on die Gold Star Memori- 
al Libraiy marks its location. But if you 
walk east a few blocks from the library's 
door and take a left up Austin Street, you 
can climb a segment of the hill that re- 
mains and look out toward the Atlantic 
Ocean. From the windows of her con- 
vent, Moffatt could have viewed the 
white sails of clipper ships. 

The attack had been personal, in part. 
A complex web of tensions — ethnic, 
religious, economic, misogynistic — had 
contributed to Mount Benedict's de- 
struction. But the trial records and news 
accounts show that it was Moffatt who 
drew out the resentments of the work- 
ing-class Protestant men. 
More historical records survive about 
Moffatt than about most 19th-century women. I was fortu- 
nate to locate 20 letters in her hand, sent to friends, col- 
leagues, and her attorney, in addition to a considerable 
number reprinted in documentation of the convent's burn- 
ing. All convey a refined but headstrong voice. In archives 
scattered from Quebec to South Carolina, I found some 50 
letters about her by convent patrons and Church authori- 
ties, some laudatory, many highly critical. From these texts, 
a portrait emerges of a woman out of joint with her time. 

According tO Canadian land-grant applications and 
notary records, Moffatt's parents were Protestant British 
loyalists who settled near Montreal after the American 
Revolution. Moffatt was born in 1793 and educated in 
Catholic schools. In 1810, at the age of 16, she converted to 
Catholicism and joined the elite Ursulines. 

The Roman Catholic ecclesiastical tradition of meticu- 
lous record-keeping has preserved many aspects of her life, 
routine and significant. And so I learned that, at the age of 
30, Moffatt was sent by her monastery to assume leadership 
of a new convent and school for poor Irish girls in Boston. 

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Within two years, in collaboration with Bishop Benedict 
Joseph Fenwick, she succeeded in moving the facilities to a 
24-acre farm in Charlestown on Ploughed Hill, newly re- 
named Mount Benedict in honor of the Bishop. Moftatt and 
Fenwick had an ingenious plan: By educating rich girls, the 
genteel Ursulines would elevate Catholicism's image while 
contributing to the coffers of the diocese. The institution 
became a European-style boarding school catering to the 
Protestant elite who could afford a tuition of $160 a year. 

Moffatt employed Scots-Presbyterian brick makers from 
the nearby neighborhoods to construct her elaborate hilltop 
mansion. (It was from their number that the future arsonists' 
leaders would come.) She oversaw the cultivation of the land 
into terraced gardens, orchards, and pastures that looked out 
on the surrounding working-class precincts. Her letters from 
this period reveal a savvy businesswoman accustomed to set- 
ting her own terms. To a student's father she once remarked, 
"It would be difficult for any man to control me." She signed 
her letters with a distinctive flourish, sometimes writing sim- 
ply "The Superior." For 10 years, she was, in effect, the CEO 
of a prominent and profitable enterprise. By 1834 the Ursu- 
lines' spacious farm with its splendid structures was worth 
more than a million dollars in today's currency. 

As the founder of one of the first academies for women in 
New England — one with a challenging curriculum — Moffatt 
might well have gone down as a trail-blazing educator. In- 
stead, on a sweltering summer night in 1834, she looked out 
of an upper window and saw a mob of drunken workmen 
gathering outside her convent. Moffatt shouted that if they 
did not leave her property, she would see to it that an army of 
20,000 Irishmen destroyed their houses. The ringleader, a 
strapping brick maker named John R. Buzzell, later called her 
"the sauciest woman I ever heard talk." When the men bat- 
tered down her front door, Moffatt, her community of 10 
nuns, and about 50 students fled to the safety of neighboring 
homes. They watched as the vandals reduced the compound 
to smoldering rubble, while a crowd of thousands cheered. 

Three brick makers, two shoemakers, two mariners, a rope 
maker, a gardener, a carpenter, a painter, and a baker were in- 
dicted for the arson. Testifying at Buzzell's trial, which seems 
to have cast the Catholic religion in the role of defendant, 
Moffatt suffered the indignity of unveiling her face before a 
packed courtroom and answering such questions as whether 
two nuns ever slept together in the same bed. The jury found 
Buzzell not guilty, to great rejoicing throughout the city. 
Eventually, every rioter was set free. 

Like the legendary dragon-slayer St. George, whose 
name she had adopted, Moffatt fought on. When men call- 
ing themselves "The Convent Boys" threatened her new 
home in West Roxbury, she raised and commanded an 
armed guard. When, in 1835, a former novice named Re- 
becca Reed published Six Months in a Convent, accusing the 
superior of torturing her frailest nuns with severe penances, 

Moffatt published her rebuttal, An Answer to "Six Months in 
a Convent." It sold well at 20,000 copies, but Reed's volume 
sold 10 times that number. In the end, Moffatt's unyielding 
disposition appears to have left her without real allies. Her 
former supporter, Bishop Fenwick, in an apparent ploy to 
relieve growing anti-Catholicism in his territory, conspired 
with Church authorities to have her recalled to Canada. 

When the order came down, Moffatt argued so forcefully 
with die bishop of Quebec that Fenwick wrote letters plead- 
ing with his northern colleague not to be influenced by "her 
representation of things." The priest sent to retrieve her went 
so far as to confide to the Canadian bishop that it might not 
be such a bad thing if her new convent were also destroyed. 
Finally, in June 1835, Moffatt returned to Canada. 

Well Over a Century later, in Somerville, I turned the 
soil in my back yard each spring just a few miles west of where 
Moffatt's gardens once bloomed. Remnants of pottery — 
sometimes white pieces etched with delicate indigo vines — 
and shards of glass in green and ocean blue worked their way 
to the surface, pushed up, perhaps, by the freezing and thaw- 
ing of the ground, or by the force of bulbs shooting their way 
to the light. Letters, diaries, and other archival materials form 
the remnants and shards that help us read the lives of the dead 
for the act of resurrection that is history. If we find enough 
pieces, we might fashion a mosaic or solve a mystery. 

I had hoped to solve the mystery of Moffatt's disappear- 
ance. I had expected that genealogical research and docu- 
ments from the Ursuline monastery in Quebec would finally 
uncover her fate. But the death of Moffatt's father before 
1810 closed one trail, since 19th-century records primarily 
detailed men's lives, and only incidentally sketched the 
women connected to them. Stringent Quebec laws that pro- 
tect the privacy of individuals have blocked another path. 

What I know of Moffatt after the debacle in Boston is 
this: On May 18, 1836, at five o'clock in the evening, she ex- 
ited the Quebec monastery to begin a thousand-mile jour- 
ney south. Moffatt had asked for and received permission to 
transfer to an Ursuline convent in New Orleans. Strangely, 
there is no record that she ever wrote to anyone at her pro- 
fessed destination, and she never arrived there. Letters from 
other Ursulines and from the bishops in Boston and Quebec 
express bewilderment over her whereabouts. When the 
monastery door closed behind her, Moffatt seemingly 
stepped off the pages of history. 

Nancy Litsignan Schultz 

Nancy Litsignan Schultz, Ph.D. '84, is a professor of English at 
Salem State College and the author of Fire & Roses: The 
Burning of the Charlestown Convent, 1834, just published by 
Free Press. Schultz maintains a clearinghouse for information on 
Moffatt and her ill-fated convent at 



Picasso, self-portraiture, and the roar of the crowd 

Moments before her talk, "An Artist's Journey," Francoise Gilot (right), speaks with Michael Brummel, a patron of 
BC's McMullen Museum, and Dorothea Elkon of the Elkon Gallery in New York. 

It's not often that artists are 
hounded like rock stars, but 
that's just what happened when 
more than 1,600 people over- 
ran the McMullen Museum on 
Sunday, September 17, for 
the first public appearance in 
Boston of Francoise Gilot, 
a painter whose 10 years as 
Pablo Picasso's companion and 
status as the mother of two 
of his children has touched her 
with an apparently irresistible 
glamour. From June 14 to 
September 24 the McMullen 
held the first show ot Gilot in 
Boston, exhibiting works from 
1940 to 1950, but was not pre- 
pared for the intense, curiously 
personal interest in Gilot her- 

self. At the last moment tickets 
to her talk were printed and 
given to visitors on a first- 
come basis, but still more than 
a thousand people were turned 
away. Six hundred others 
surged through the museum, 
some of them pressing up 
against die diick glass doors of 
the adjacent Admission office 
that served as the greenroom 
for the event to try to glimpse 
this woman who knew so many 
of the giants of modern art. 

At 79 Gilot is a tiny woman of 
striking beauty, thick black 
hair in an angular bob, held 
back this day with a chocolate 
brown headband, setting off 

the kind of strong bone struc- 
ture that endures. Garbed 
in black slacks and an elegant, 
geometric-patterned jacket 
(which she removes before her 
talk), she wears jewelry de- 
signed by her daughter Paloma 
Picasso, including a heavy gold 
cuff on her wrist and a chunky 
square ring on her left pinky 
finger that remind one that 
abstraction can still startle. At 
the luncheon that precedes her 
talk, she moves among the acid 
yellow tablecloths in her kelly 
green sweater, Picasso's Femme 
Flew, a delicate stalk with a 
luminous face. She is her own 
subject, having done many 
self-portraits as a young artist, 

but she has also been the 
object of other painters' eyes. 
As she tells the story of the 
genesis of that famous portrait 
of her as flower, it is a story 
of male rivalry, both artistic 
and sexual. When Picasso took 
Gilot to meet Matisse, his 
great friend and colleague, 
Matisse announced, "I would 
paint her hair green and the 
body in light blue." Picasso 
was miffed, pointing out later 
to Gilot that Matisse had over- 
stepped his bounds; why, he, 
Picasso, had never proposed 
painting Lydia, Matisse's mis- 
tress and assistant! Not long 
afterward, Picasso trumped 
Matisse, painting Gilot in 
Matisse's colors, her stem-like 
body a light blue. 

Gilot's appearance today at 
the McMullen betrays once 
again the struggle to be known 
as subject, not object, a struggle 
for many a beautiful woman 
with a sharp mind (or eye). 
Nancy Netzer, the museum's 
director, introduces Gilot's 
lecture by saying it will be "not 
about life with Picasso, but 
life with Francoise," alluding to 
Gilot's 1964 book Life with 
Picasso. Gilot wants to be seen 
as the serious artist she is and 
has always been. As a guest on 
Christopher Lydon's WBUR 
radio show "The Connection" 
two nights before her appear- 
ance at BC, Gilot bridled when 
asked what museums and gal- 
leries she visits in New York, 
where she makes her home: "I 
am not a spectator of life! I'm 

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working in my studio — that is 
more interesting!" This is a 
woman who began making art 
at age seven when her mother 
gave her ink but no pencils, 
forbidding her to erase; later 
she would use pencil and 
choose not to erase, pronounc- 
ing each stroke "an affirmative 
action without remorse." 

Gilot's talk at BC is a 
painter's talk, not the lecture 
of an art historian. Titled 
"An Artist's Journey," it chron- 
icles 60 years of painting, pre- 
senting 60 slides two by two, 
decade by decade, style by 
changing style. Gilot includes 
only two pairs of paintings 
from the period of the BC 
show: self-portraits (which 
she recommends for young 
artists — "Know thyself." — but 
doesn't do any more herself, 
declaring with humor, "I know- 
all I need to know about 
that!") and more representa- 
tional, melancholy paintings 
from the war years. The 
slightly later abstract paintings 
in the show reveal a young 
artist who was growing in con- 
fidence and mastery, all the 
more astonishing in that she 
was painting in the very lair of 
the Minotaur. Their titles 
hint at struggle, artistic and 
personal: Dynamic Tensions 
(1945); Complementary Forces 
(1945), a meeting of male and 
female forms; Precarious 
Balance (1948). 

After these colorful abstrac- 
tions, Gilot had what she calls 
her "White Period" of using 
almost no color, exemplified in 
a slide of a 1952 portrait of 
her son Claude at age five, in 
which the shadows of leaves are 
rendered white and the leaves 
dark, "an inversion of reality, so 
to speak." In her book of the 
same name as this lecture, 

Gilot writes of the paintings 
she made of her children that 
they were "neither sentimental 
nor illustrative but rather hero- 
ic and architectonic in style." 
The grown Claude sits in a 
front row ot the auditorium, 
a black-haired man with his 
father's blunt stockiness; he 
wears expensive European 
clodies of a casual but aggres- 
sively fashionable mode — 
square-toed leather shoes and 
spandex fingerless gloves. His 
son, a student in an art school, 
sits beside him in baggy jeans. 

In 1955 Gilot returned to a 
representational style in angry 
response to a critic's comment 
that she could do modern 
art but not something classical. 
Walking through the BC show, 
two women are overheard 
saying "She's nobody's patsy!" 
Perhaps that helps to explain 
Gilot's personal appeal to 
the many who descended on 
the museum — her willingness 
to take up a challenge, the 
intellectual curiosity that 

drives her artistic experimenta- 
tion, and the lucid self-analysis 
that informs her books. And 
it can't go unsaid ... it blazed 
from the yellow banners on 
Commonwealth Avenue 
this summer: her unflinching 
confrontation of Picasso, 
represented in her drawing 
of his face — all angular planes 
and basilisk eyes. If he didn't 
blink, neither did she. 

In the most recent paintings 
Gilot shows her audience, she 
admits that now, at the odier 
end of life, she is trying to get 
in touch widi the cosmos. In 
her strong French accent, 
she says, "I am enamored of 
comets"; the disorder of comets 
in an orderly universe makes 
the cosmos more lively. Show- 
ing the last slide, Fugitive 
Comet, Gilot says, "Definitely 
that comet wants to escape . . . 
where I don't know." She notes 
that it is certainly a "she." 

After the lecture Gilot 
mingles briefly with a few invit- 
ed guests in the safety of the 

Admission office while the 
shut-out crowd is told they can 
see a videotape of her talk at 
4:00 (which Claude Picasso has 
graciously agreed to introduce). 
She is shepherded toward 
the exit, swept out toward a 
waiting taxi, but she stops to 
shake hands, formal and poised, 
not to be rushed. In 1946, 
when Picasso put on a full- 
press campaign to get her to 
live with him, she painted 
her feelings of turmoil on a 
canvas that hangs in BC's 
exhibit, House in the Autumn 
Wind. Shutters blown open, a 
house withstands a swirl of 
leaf-like shapes that morph into 
spades or carrots or hearts. 
It is not clear whether they are 
being scooped into the house 
like a harvest or blown out to 
freedom. The artist no doubt 
likes it that way. 

Clare M. Dunsford 

Clare M. Dunsford is an associate 
dean in the College of Arts and 

"I am not a spectator of life," says Gilot. Above she is greeted by spectators who jammed Devlin auditorium to see her. 



Chemistry by invitation 

Associate Professor John Fourkas performs under pressure. 



Chemistry 117/121 

Principles of Modern Chemistry 

Associate Professor John Fourkas, et al. 

Chemical Principles 

The moment of reckoning has 
arrived. It's 10:30 a.m., the 
Tuesday after Labor Day, and 
for most of the freshmen 
entering Merkert Chemistry 

Center lecture hall 222 it's 
their first class of college. 

Associate Professor John 
Fourkas wheels a metal cart 
bearing gadgets and glass 

beakers of various sizes into 
the room. He has a boyish 
face, and were it not for his 
sports jacket and tie, he might 
pass for a student. Fourkas 
begins not with a lecture but 
with magic. 

"I'm going to show you 
some tricks," he announces, 
"and as with any good tricks, 
I need volunteers." 

There's a moment of hesi- 
tation, then one student raises 
his hand. He is given a hard, 
hollow, plastic ball — it is actu- 
ally two hemispheres held 
together with a gasket. Before 

class, the air was suctioned 
out of the ball with a pump 
attached to a small port in the 
sphere, creating the vacuum 
that is holding the two halves 
together. Fourkas challenges 
the student to pull the halves 
apart, expecting the task to 
require considerable effort. 
Instead, the ball opens easily. 
The professor frowns; some- 
thing's amiss. A quick ex- 
amination of the port reveals 
a crack, which means the 
seal was never tight. Fourkas 
laughs and moves onto his 
next — and this time success- 
ful — trick. 

He picks up a small eye- 
dropper bottle full of water 
with his right hand, then holds 
a slip of plastic transparency 
(the type used with overhead 
projectors) tightlv over the top 
with his left hand. Next, he in- 
verts the two and, grasping the 
bottle between the thumb and 
forefinger of his right hand, 
removes his left hand from the 
transparency. The water stays 
in the cylinder. He repeats the 
trick with a 16-ounce flask of 
water. Same result. "Now," he 
says, disappearing behind the 
cart as he bends over, "who 
wants to try it with this?" He 
comes up grinning, hoisting a 
five-gallon, water-cooler-sized 
jug onto the table. 

No one budges. 

"Good," he says. The 
experiment wouldn't work 
with a vessel this size, he 
acknowledges. "Why not?" 

He gives them a clue by 
writing the formula for atmos- 

16 I ALL :()()() 

pheric pressure on the board: 
14.7 lbs/irr. 

"What is pressure?" he asks. 

"Force," someone replies. 
And they're off. Question 
quickly follows question, as 
Fourkas connects the respons- 
es like dots in a puzzle. 

"Is that all there is to this 

"Force applied over a cer- 
tain area?" a student ventures. 

"Yes, force per unit area," 
Fourkas translates, stating it 

The lesson gradually be- 
comes clear: When the pres- 
sure of the water pushing 
down on the transparency is 
greater than the pressure of 
the air pushing up on it, the 
transparency will yield and the 
water will spill out. Fourkas 
works out the formulas on the 
board as they go along, far less 
interested in whether the stu- 
dents remember the equations 
than in whether he's got them 
thinking about what's actually 
occurring in the experiment. 
"My goal," he says later, "is 
teaching them how to think 
about the problem so the for- 
mula becomes self-evident." 

Finally, Fourkas is satisfied 
that everyone has grasped 
the principle. It is nearly 1 5 
minutes since class began, and 
only now does he formally in- 
troduce himself and his teach- 
ing assistant Rob Harris. After 
class, student Chris Kolodziej 
says it intrigued him that 
Fourkas flip-flopped the tradi- 
tional lesson plan. "He gives 
us the experiment and then 
provides the principles. Usual- 
ly it's the other way around." 

Honors-level Chemistry 
1 17 is the heavyweight among 
Boston College's introductory 
science offerings. Former stu- 
dents describe it as "intense," 

"incredibly difficult," even 
"scary." Still, every year about 
40 freshmen sign up for the 
intellectual thrashing. 

Fourkas's "Principles of 
Modern Chemistry" is the first 
installment in the four-semester 
course taught by the depart- 
ment's "most popular and in- 
demand faculty members," 
according to the invitation 
mailed to a select group of 60 
incoming freshmen. This year, 
the prospectus went to stu- 
dents who scored 700 or high- 
er (out of 800) on the SAT 2 
chemistry test, and it lured 
them with the promise of 
smaller classes, more one-on- 
one student-teacher interac- 
tion, and an emphasis on 
learning science through logic 
rather than memorization. In 
exchange, the students who 
accept — and die dozen or so 
freshmen who find the course 
on their own — are expected to 
keep up with an accelerated 
pace and carry a heavier work 
load than is required by the 
department's general introduc- 
tory offerings. 

During the first week, 
pre-med student Aria Ash- 
Rafzadeh got a taste of how 
the exchange can work. She 
went to see Fourkas in his 
office after his introductory 
lesson, concerned about 
whether she could keep up. 
Fourkas not only recognized 
her, he mentioned a question 
she'd asked in class. "That was 
really impressive to me," she 
says. Equally impressive is the 
long list of national and inter- 
national academic and research 
awards accrued by Fourkas 
and other members of the 
department who participate 
in the course — among them, 
professors Amir Hoveyda, 
Ross Kelly, Marc Snapper, 

and Lawrence Scott. 

Since 1994, these teachers 
have accounted for four Drey- 
fus New Faculty or Teacher- 
Scholar awards (which go 
to no more than 20 academics 
in a year); three comparably 
select Sloan Research Fellow- 
ships; two American Chem- 
istry Society Cope Awards 
(only 10 are offered annually); 
two National Science Founda- 
tion Career Awards; and 
Germany's Humboldt Senior 
Scientist Award, to name 
but a few. 

Hoveyda, who teaches the 
second-semester sequel to 
Fourkas's "Principles," came 
up with the idea for the course 
six years ago when he realized 
that some prospective pre- 
med and science majors were 
being turned off by introduc- 
tory chemistry courses that 
repeated what they'd learned 
in high school. His sense that 
top-tier students would thrive 
on greater challenge proved 
correct. The dropout rate over 
four semesters is less than 
1 percent. 

"Students don't run away if 
it's exciting," he says. 

The course is not limited 
to science majors. Indeed, 
Hoveyda, who majored in art 
history at Columbia Univer- 
sity, has written, "I want 
my students to see chemistry 
as art, as literature ... I tell 
undergraduates in my research 
lab that if they make an obser- 
vation for the first time, some- 
thing that no other scientist 
has seen before, it is like T. S. 
Eliot writing a poem." 

The professors who teach 
the course rotate among the 
four semesters. Their teaching 
styles vary dramatically, but 
the cumulative result, students 
say, is highly effective. Lindsay 

Woodward and Vincent Chen 
are sophomores who studied 
under Fourkas and Hoveyda 
during their freshman year. 
They describe Hoveyda as 
an aggressive, "in your face" 
teacher, while Fourkas's 
approach, they say, is more 
low-key. With Hoveyda, says 
Woodward, if you had a wrong 
answer on a test but supported 
it well, he considered it correct 
or gave you some credit. "It 
was more about getting there," 
she says. She remembers him 
kicking everyone out of 
class when no one had ques- 
tions, and his custom of calling 
on her every single day. "He 
expects you to be 110 per- 
cent," she says, and then Chen 
corrects her: "120 percent." 

As early as the second day 
of Fourkas's class, it's easy 
to see that he expects no less 
of his students. By now the 
freshmen are deep into gases: 
how temperature affects their 
behavior, what pressure does 
to them, how the so-called 
Ideal Gas Law isn't ideal at all. 

The mist from dry ice 
issues spookilv from a contain- 
er on Fourkas's cart. Different- 
colored balloons bounce, 
sputter, or deflate, depending 
on the principle Fourkas is 
demonstrating. A gauge mea- 
suring the pressure inside a 
metal ball falls and rises as the 
orb is passed from cold water 
to hot. Equations and draw- 
ings cover the blackboard. 

"Next time," Fourkas says, 
looking up from the flotsam of 
another day in chemistry class, 
"it's on to atoms, molecules, 
and molecular bonding." 

J icki Sanders 

Vicki Sanders is the editor of 
Boston College Law School 






Thomas Capano '64: "Sinister, controlling, malignant," said the judge. 

On June 27, 1996, Thomas Capano '64, JD71, of Wil- 
mington, Delaware, murdered Anne Marie Fahey, his for- 
mer mistress. For almost three years afterward, as the 
investigation and trial moved forward, the crime was the 
subject of acres of newsprint. Since Capano's conviction and 
subsequent death sentence in March 1999, four books have 
been published about him: Ann Rule's And Never Let Her Go 
(Simon and Schuster), Cris Barrish and Peter Meyer's Fatal 
Embrace (St. Martin's), George Anastasia's The Summer 
Wind (ReganBooks), and Brian J. Karem's Above the Law 
(Pinnacle). Capano has the dubious distinction of having 
had more books written about him than any other Boston 
College graduate. 

Certainly, the murder came at an opportune moment in 
publishing. In the past few years, the genre known as "true 
crime" has exploded, thanks, in part, to O.J. Simpson. Still, 
highly lucrative though it is now, the field is not peculiar 
to these latter days. By any name, "true crime" has had a 
long, unvenerable career. In England it flourished in the 
ISth and 19th centuries as street literature, in broadsides 
and chapbooks, as well as in the quasi-official Newgate Cal- 
endar, with its biographical records of the worst criminals 
confined in that notorious prison. These popular works — 
lurid, melodramatic, and purporting to offer instructive ex- 
amples of the wages of sin — related melancholy histories of 
murder and mayhem, and usually concluded with an edify- 
ing ascent to the gallows. A similar literature proliferated in 
this country as the growth of cities spawned street culture 

with its insatiable appetite for sensation. 

But the success of such works doesn't depend solely on an 
appetite for grisly detail; it also draws on an innate moral in- 
terest in how a person can abandon conscience and con- 
struct a "reality" with himself as its beginning and end. This, 
in particular, is where Capano's story seizes our attention. 
There is no sociological explanation for his character or 
deeds. His manipulations and machinations were freely un- 
dertaken. His tortuous reasoning and self-serving ratio- 
nale — exercises in self-delusion though they were — were the 
workings of free will, or rather, of free will working over- 
time, and, as such, close to diabolical. 

Capano came from a wealthy Wilmington family that 
had made its mark in the construction business. A lawyer 
and big bug in Wilmington politics, Capano was married 
and had four children, and was also involved with a series of 
women including a mistress of 13 years, Debby Maclntyre. 
Their relationship continued while the good-looking Ca- 
pano successfully wooed Fahey, and as the two embarked on 
an affair in 1 994. For her part, Anne Marie Fahey, 2 8 to Ca- 
pano's 43, was one of six children from a working-class 
home in Wilmington and served as the much-valued ap- 
pointments secretary to the governor. 

The next two years saw breakups and reunions, rage and 
importuning on Capano's part; guilt, uncertainty, and pain 
on Fahey's. A monster of control, Capano drew the young 
woman tighter into his coils. A little over a year into the af- 
fair, Capano left his wife, explaining to Maclntyre — to her 
joy — that it was a step toward marrying her. He told some- 
thing similar to Fahey, that he was freeing himself for her. 
But Fahey, increasingly frightened by his controlling behav- 
ior and not wanting to be the cause of a broken marriage, 
was appalled. Shortly after, she met Mike Scanlan, a man 
who respected her and came to love her; a man whom she 
loved in return, and to whom she eventually became en- 
gaged. Capano could not — would not — tolerate it. He 
stalked her and phoned her persistently. He planned her 
death, purchasing a huge cooler and persuading Debby 
Maclntyre to buy a revolver for him — spinning her a tale of 
needing protection from extortionists. It was with this 
weapon that Thomas Capano killed Anne Marie Fahey at 
his home on June 27, 1996. 

18 FALL 2000 

Much frantic scrubbing and furtive journeys to cart away 
bloody evidence ensued. Capano bullied his weak, self- 
indulgent brother, Gerry, into helping him dispose of the 
body (the corpse, supposedly, of one of the fahled extortion- 
ists), now in the cooler. The two ran it well offshore in 
Gerry's boat and jettisoned it. Weighted with chains and an 
anchor though it was, the cooler would not sink. Gerry, sick- 
ened and scared, left the next act to Thomas Capano: remov- 
ing the body from the cooler, weighting it with two anchors 
and chains, dumping it. It sank; the cooler bobbed away. 

Fahey's family and friends dedicated themselves to ensur- 
ing the case would not drop out of sight. Evidence accumu- 
lated — all described in absorbing detail in the books 
mentioned earlier — and increasingly pointed to Thomas 
Capano as the culprit. Even the cooler appeared, salvaged 
from the sea by a fisherman six days after the murder. 
Months later, it was recognized for what it was. 

It's hard not to see the hand of God in this last event — 
just as it's hard not to see real evil in Capano, in his passion 
of possession and intellectual pride. Finally arrested and put 
on trial, the guilty man, incredibly, with grotesque audacity, 
attempted to pin the murder on Debby Maclntyre. Defend- 
ing himself and accusing Maclntyre, Capano — domineer- 
ing, relentless, and egotistical — fabricated exonerating 
versions of reality, sometimes through ludicrously wrong- 

footed casuistry, a method he claimed to have learned from 
the Jesuits. He was found guilty and sentenced to death. 

In passing sentence, the judge, William Swain Lee, 
summed up the part Capano played in his own undoing. 
The "harsh confrontation with reality which is a criminal 
trial . . . eventually revealed an angry, sinister, controlling, 
and malignant force which dominated the courtroom for 
months. . . . The defendant fully expected to get away with 
murder and, were it not for his own arrogance and control- 
ling nature, may well have succeeded." 

Evil intent, cold-blooded deliberation, hubris lay behind 
Capano's crimes. But should he be executed? Moral interest 
in the case arises because Fahey's murder was not the con- 
sequence of an inadequacy in social policy or the failure of 
some agency or of flawed legislation, but of human nature 
unchecked. There is no social solution to some evils, a real- 
ity that's hard for the modern mind to accept. Indeed, the 
desire for social solutions to moral problems is the reason 
the death penalty survives: as a pitiable assertion that society 
is in control. 

Katherine A. Powers 

Katherine A. Powers lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and writes the 
column "My Back Pages" for the Boston Sunday Globe. Her essay on 
her father, J. F. Powers, appeared in the Summer issue of BCM. 




United Kingdom 146 

Spain 92 

Ireland 81 


English, Communications, Finance, History 



Approximately 26% in each school 


Less than 10% 



INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS 1979-1980 1999-2000 

Undergraduate 61 304 

Graduate 141 470 

Faculty 18 58 


South Korea 42 

Indonesia 20 


China 68 

Canada 29 


China 10 

Ireland 5 


Finance and Management 



Chemistry and Physics 



The Eagle gets a makeover 

The new Eagle's range, from kid-friendly to resolute raptor. 

The Boston College Eagle, 
EC's athletics totem since stu- 
dents selected it in a 1920 vote 
over the owl and the antelope, 
underwent a change in appear- 
ance this summer. At high 
noon on July 26, in a function 
room in Conte Forum, before 
an audience of about 100 that 
included sportswriters, broad- 
cast executives, a television 
crew, and a dozen BC adminis- 
trators who'd sniffed out a free 
lunch, a new version of BC's 
bird was unveiled in a video 
that featured some of the Uni- 
versity's coaches and players 
in their redecorated uniforms. 

Presiding over the event 
like a nervous mother-in-law- 
to-be was Sue Mosher, direc- 
tor of marketing for the 
Athletics Association, who had 
overseen two years of plan- 
ning and review that led to the 
new look. (Full disclosure: I 
was a member of a small panel 
that met periodically to exam- 
ine revised Eagle proposals.) 

It was a makeover under- 
taken with a good deal of trep- 
idation on the part of Mosher 

and Athletics Director Gene 
DeFilippo. Though the 
origins of the previous athlet- 
ics logo — an Eagle with wings 
spread between an inter- 
locking "B" and "C" — are 
unknown even to the longest- 
serving athletics staff mem- 
bers, the image has represent- 
ed BC teams for at least 40 
years. "People have a deep 
respect for athletics tradi- 
tions," said DeFilippo, "even 
when no one remembers how 
the tradition started or why." 

But left untended, tradi- 
tions and logos grow stale. At 
BC, Eagle mutations had 
begun to proliferate, and uni- 
forms had in some cases begun 
running to mustard, crimson, 
tan, or red. Lately, sales of BC 
logo athletic apparel (a $2.5 
billion national market for col- 
leges) were not what they 
might have been — particularly 
among the young consumers 
who constitute the most lucra- 
tive market for logo items. 
Overall, according to industry 
sources, sales were dominated 
in the 1990s bv the resonant 

greens and purples that 
adorned cartoon ducks, rap- 
tors, and sharks. "Maroon 
is not the first color of choice 
for 15-year-old bovs," Book- 
store Director Thomas 
McKenna noted dryly. And 
eagles — though the most pop- 
ular of college mascots, with 
74 known exemplars — are the 
subject of few Disney movies. 

Still, teal, jade, and cute 
were never on the table. "The 
older logo had a great heri- 
tage," said DeFilippo, "and we 
didn't want to damage that 
heritage that goes back to leg- 
endary figures like Bill Flynn 
and Snooks Kelly and some 
of those great hockey and 
baseball teams of the postwar 
period. What we did want to 
do was improve on the inter- 
locking BC, to try and display 
what Boston College athletics 
is about in the year 2000." 

Developed by SME De- 
sign, a New York City firm 
whose clients include 300 
teams ranging from the 
University of North Carolina 
to the New York Nets, the 

new logo retains the eagle 
with "BC" backdrop, but 
modernizes the lettering, adds 
black to frame the maroon and 
gold, and turns the bird from 
a cruiser to a dive bomber. 
In addition, SME developed 
uniform specifications, a word- 
mark for every varsity team, 
a look-'em-in-the-eye Eagle 
suitable for clothing patches, 
and a goofilv friendly "youth 
mark" Eagle, which now exists 
in a nine-foot version that 
patrols the sidelines during 

In a recent interview, Sue 
Mosher seemed very relaxed 
about the revised look, noting 
that several new national retail 
vendors are vying to carry 
the BC line. Moreover, Mosher 
reported, she'd received few 
complaints from individuals 
seeking the older Eagle look. 
Tom McKenna is also happy. 
"The new graphics," he said, 
"have real pop." They also have 
retail power. Sales at the book- 
store and on its Web site are 
up 20 percent over last year. 

Ben Birnbaum 

20 FALL 2000 


By Francis Blessington 

These paintings don't show dragons, 

or snarling guardian spirits or Foo Dogs — 

just miniatures in dark robes, 

a third of the way up a mountain, 

climbing past carefully composed pagodas, 

teahouses, and foot-bridged ponds. 

Even birds are scant. Calligraphy 

in the margin comments on the quality 

of the art, but tells us nothing 

really, like why they seem 

always to go up, never down, 

and more importantly how part 

of the landscape is mere air that 

we must fill in. Perhaps 

those white spaces are ours 

to see the drift into 

eternity that the present 

always provides, never filling 

in the whole space, unlike children, 

who color all sky and yard and house, 

putting it together like a puzzle. 

Surely here part of the puzzle is 

Lost, or is part of something else. 

But what is missed stays here 

in what may be snow: that 

path to the fourth dimension: 

the city and the network of 

friends and enemies who have been 

taken out, who do not lead to this 

cold elevation of self, where only 

the priest and the novice arc 

always on the ascendant, leaving 

things out of the world, finding 

not things, but the negative forms 

of things and color patches like footprints, 

whitening out, as it were, objects, 

till only a few landmarks are left, 

but just enough, so that they — and we — 

can find the way back again through 

the vanishing ground and the words in the margin 

that mark the way. 

The author of Lantskip, a collection of poems, and Lorenzo 
de' Medici: A Verse Play, Francis Blessington '63 teaches 
English at Northeastern University. This poem appears in 
his new collection, Wolf Howl (BkMk Press, 2000). 

anniversary waltz — Twenty years ago, 
Robert VerEecke, SJ, premiered "A Dan- 
cer's Christmas" before a modest audi- 
ence of about four dozen people. Now an 
annual event, the creation of BC's Jesuit- 
Artist-in-Residence will be seen by some 
3,500 spectators in a production that 
runs December 8-17. The professional 
dancers, alumni, BC students, and local 
children who make up the 50-member 
cast have become part of a Jesuit tradi- 
tion of dance that dates back to the n 6th 
century, when, says VerEecke, "dance 
was part of the curriculum — a way of 
communicating gospel and scripture — 
in lesuit schools." 



Notes on the Little Red Book 

1 n everything there is a witness 10 Him 
That points to the fact that He is One. 

articular strengths and talents that you possess. You 
'■irn to distintrtiish interests from abilities, hobbies 
from rrnfcssions. sell-interest from communal needs. 
-. ' the life of guil f rom tnL ' nlc ot " service. This 

Sufi recitation 

, oflearning to distinguish where one is in his 
r her education is called discernment. Discernment is a 
' iVIoiie hiliir of assessing competing goods in order 

at ou are my heaven, I am your earth— 
You alone know what You've put into me' 

-,, choose tli.rt which most helps us to live in the light 
.-.:' CtJ's truth and compassion — exactly what the 
Mjiunun of the parable did. The Samaritan looked at 

Remembrance makes people desire the jourace lit possessed at that moment: his presence to the 

it makes them into travelers. 

ssouiidcd and abandoned man on the road, his 
strength, his wine and oil. his beast, his money, his 

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luthority. He chose to use his assets (o create, in one 
it iisorld more just. 
Throughout your b"C career you will be asked to 

Cjod is necessary to us in order that wc nay 

Tii.r choices. Some of these choices will be little 

.sues, like when to leave for spring break and where to 

exist, while wc are necessary to Him in order 

go tidier choices svill be more serious, like what to 

that He may be manifested to Himself I pre 
Him also life by knowing Him in my heart 

wsc is sour major or whom to choose as your 
■: : ,1 uid companion. Still other choices wall be sim- 
ri crucial for yout ethical and religious identity. Such 
1-,,'iees center on questions like: 


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l'i my experience in service programs how have I 
motet c die peer? /J„„, ,/„ / faal with those slntoaliito 
™ iheii identity in a highly competitive world? 

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century, the Sufi movement produced m) dical . "-•'•" ■ '■'-' 
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tbat bad a profound influence on Islamic tl .." ' - 
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Pages from the Boston College prayer book. 

The freshmen who thronged 
campus this fall all received 
tours of O'Neill Library, 
in which they will spend hun- 
dreds of hours in the years to 
come. They all received in- 
struction in the computers, as 
if they needed such a thing. 
Nearly all made pilgrimages to 
Fenway Park and to the shrine 
to capitalism that is Boston's 
Newbury Street. And, for the 
first time in the 137-year 
history of the University, all 
BC freshmen were handed 

the Little Red Book. 

What Are We? An Introduc- 
tion to Boston College mid Its 
Jesuit Tradition, or "the BC 
prayer book," as it is also 
called, was created last summer 
at the request of University 
president William P. Leahy, SJ, 
produced by the University's 
Center for Ignatian Spirituali- 
ty, and edited by two creative 
Jesuit scholars (Howard J. 
Gray, SJ, director of the Ignat- 
ian Center, and Joseph A. 
Appleyard, SJ, the University's 

vice president for mission and 
ministry)- The Little Red Book 
is indeed little and fire-engine 
red. It's also useful, graceful, 
thorough, and refreshingly 
open to all religious traditions, 
even as it is firmly grounded in 
the Jesuit tradition of Roman 

"We wanted a book in 
which there are prayers that 
would help students discern 
the direction they want to take 
in their lives," says Fr. Gray. 
"And we wanted a book that 

would also provide the mission 
and history of Boston College, 
so that freshmen could plug 
into the University's mission 
right away." Attuned to a 
campus that is both proudly 
Catholic and enlivened by 
women and men of a dozen 
faiths, Gray and Appleyard 
included prayers and quotes 
both "genuinely Catholic," as 
Gray says, and of spiritual 
power and eloquence from 
other traditions. 

Thus the Little Red Book 
brings some of the most inter- 
esting, piercing, and substan- 
tive Catholic writers and 
thinkers to bear on new BC 
students — Dorothy Day, Ger- 
ard Manley Hopkins, Daniel 
Berrigan, Thomas Aquinas, 
Carlo Cardinal Martini — while 
also introducing the freshmen 
to the Torah, the Qur'an, the 
Buddhist Dhammapada (a 
scripture attributed to Gotama 
Buddha), the Islamic Hadith 
(the sayings of the prophet 
Muhammad), the voices of 
Rabbi Moses Maimonides, the 
Persian poet Rumi, Mohandas 
Gandhi, and more. 

The curious cumulative 
effect of so many voices from 
so many spiritual traditions is 
to illuminate the Catholicity of 
Boston College; a friendly and 
respectful catholicity reflects 
well on Catholicism, and is, at- 
tentive Catholics will remem- 
ber, a clear mandate from 
Pope John Paul II. Or, in the 
succinct favorite phrase of the 
recently beatified Pope John 

22 I \I.I 

XXIII: "Open the windows." 

The book is also invigorat- 
ed by great poets and thinkers 
without specific religious 
labels — Rainer Maria Rilke, 
Simone Weil, and the fine 
American poet Anne Sexton, 
for example, who was born 
a stone's throw from the BC 
campus. "I cannot walk an 
inch without trying to walk to 
God," she writes (in the book 
The Awful Rowing Toward God). 
"He is in the swarm, the fren- 
zy of the bees. He is in the 
potter who makes clay into a 
kiss. Is not God in the hiss 
of the river?" 

And the haunting remarks! 
"Being a little fragment of 
particular truth," writes Weil, 
a genius modern mystic, 
"every school exercise ... is 
like a sacrament." "Lord, give 
me a sense of humor, and I 
will find happiness in life and 
profit for others," says St. 
Thomas More. "Was not Jesus 
an extremist for love? . . . 
Was not Paul an extremist for 
the gospel?" asks Martin 
Luther King, Jr., from his jail 
cell in Birmingham. "So the 
question is not whether we 
will be extremist but what kind 
of extremist we will be. . . . 
Will we be extremists for the 
preservation of injustice — 
or will we be extremists for the 
cause of justice?" 

Structurally, what seems 
awkward at the start — the 
quoting of prayers and re- 
marks on the left-hand pages, 
and a book-length narrative 
about BC and Jesuit history, 
ideas, and practice on the 
right-hand pages — turns out to 
be a fine idea after you get 
used to it. A reader can browse 
the left and ignore the right, 
or dip into the organized 

sections of the right, or leap 
about haphazardly, or even 
read the book back to front — 
a subtle compliment to Hebrew 
tradition, perhaps, in which 
texts are read right to left. 

And the sections on Jesuit 
education and spirituality, as 
evidenced in the life and work 
of Boston College, are alone 
worth the effort. They are 
pithy and gracefully written 
summaries of very complex 
ideas that have filled hundreds 
of books. 

There are some mistakes 
and miscalculations in the Lit- 
tle Red Book, of course — no 
human enterprise is widiout its 
flaws — but they are generally 
minor: The type is too small, 
the selection of a faint yet 
lurid lime-green for a second 
color (in which the book's 
explanatory italic notes are 
printed), is unfortunate, and 
the very few typographical 
errors include the interesting 
news, on page 30, that Doro- 
thy Day was born in 1997 and 
died in 1980 — a miracle that 
will strengdien her candidacy 
for beatification. 

The only serious flaw is the 
"Further Readings" section, 
which is mighty weak soup. 
Instead of a brief lecture about 
Catholicism and a smattering 
of quotes from Jesuit docu- 
ments, a useful appendix ought 
to propose a huge pile of 
books and writers and thinkers 
and films and plays and music 
and Web sites to which the 
curious young reader might 
turn for further illumination 
about Catholicism and prayer 
and spiritual search — not only 
the great texts already cited 
in the book, but sources like 
Commonweal magazine, Flan- 
nery O'Connor, Thomas 

Merton, Dave Brubeck's jazz 
Mass, Catholic Worker, Andre 
Dubus, the Vatican's Web 
site (, the film 
Dead Man Walking. Having 
inspired the urge to spiritual 
travel in its students, BC 
should also give them a 
plethora of destinations. 

But, as editors Gray and 
Appleyard note, the book is 
a work in progress, with an 
initial press run designed to 
cover only two years' worth of 
freshmen. They plan a second 
edition, and they are already 
accepting suggestions for the 

"The deeds which yield 
immediate fruit and continue 
to yield fruit in time to come," 
says a prayer from the Baby- 
lonian Talmud (quoted on 
page 138), include "probing 
the meaning of prayer"; 
and in the Little Red Book, 
Boston College probes with 
an admirable breadth and 
humility. Not often does 
a whole university's meaning 
and effort distill into such 
clear elixir; that it does here, 
in a book to be found in every 
freshman's room, is an occa- 
sion for quiet delight. 

A well-made book is a joy 
forever, and this sturdy little 
creature "is a book to be used, 
not just read and tossed on the 
shelf," as the preface says, 
pointedly. You could carry this 
book into a rugby match and it 
would emerge intact. You could 
even give it to a freshman. 

Brian Doyle 

Brian Doyle is the editor of Port- 
land iVIagazine, published at the 
University of Portland, Oregon. 
He is the author of two collections 
of essays: Credo and, with his fa- 
ther, Jim Doyle, Two Voices. 

Rabbi Ruth Langer 


Assistant Professor of Theology 
Rabbi Ruth Langer was among 
more than 160 rabbis and Jewish 
scholars who signed a landmark 
statement on Jewish-Christian 
relations calling for Jewish appreci- 
ation of Christian steps toward 
reconciliation between the faiths. 
The statement, Dabru Emet 
("speak the truth"), appeared Sep- 
tember 10 as a full-page advertise- 
ment in the New York Times and 
the Baltimore Sun. 


The roster of speakers scheduled 
for the luncheon series of the 
Boston College Chief Executives 
Club this year includes Perot 
Systems Corp. chairman and CEO 
H. Ross Perot, Dell Computer Corp. 
CEO Michael S. Dell, General Mo- 
tors Corp. chairman and CEO 
Richard Wagoner, Jr., and the chair- 
man and CEO of Hewlett-Packard 
Corp., Carly Fiorina. 


The University's Dining Service, 
under the direction of Patricia 
Bando, has been honored for its 
multiethnic menus as well as for 
the diversity of its workforce by the 
Multicultural Foodservice and 
Hospitality Alliance. The service's 
full-time staff of 245 is 50 percent 
AHANA, 40 percent female, 9 
percent senior citizens, and 12 per- 
cent persons with special needs. 


St. Ignatius Church, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 







sion hours. Absent was the brightly lit, flower-bedecked scene of the 
High Mass, the vast space of the nave filled with incense and music. 
Rather, the church was dark and shadowy, illuminated only by 
the sunlight striking the stained-glass windows and the flickering 
flames of the sanctuary lamp and votive candles. The air smelled not 
of incense but of wood and the varnish of the pews, and the only 
sound was the quiet shuffling of penitents as they made their way, 
one after another, into and out of 
the confessional box. Sometimes 
the rustle of indistinct whispers 
could be heard from inside one 
of the boxes, but etiquette de- 
manded that one avoid making 
out the words. Confession was a 
supremely private ritual that hap- 
pened to be carried out in public. 
From roughly the beginning of 
organized Catholicism in the 
United States at the end of the 
18th century through the early 
1960s, confession was central for 
American Catholics. It was a 
sacrament — one of the seven es- 
tablished by Christ to bestow 
grace upon the living — and the 

means by which Catholics attained absolution for 
their sins. It was also something Catholics did that 
their Protestant and Jewish neighbors did not do, a 
distinctive marker of Catholic identity- Within the 
Catholic community, it served as a yardstick; priests 
sometimes measured a parish's spiritual well-being 
by the frequency with which parishioners went to 
confession. For more than a century Catholics con- 
fessed more often than they partook of commu- 
nion, another one of the sacraments. 

Then, in the mid-1960s, confession seemed to 
disappear almost completely from the fiber of 
Catholic identity and custom. The sacrament un- 
derwent a name change, as well. What once had of- 
ficially been known as Penance became, in the wake 
of Vatican II, the sacrament of Reconciliation. But 
the change for American Catholics went deeper. 
Practically overnight, the lines on Saturday after- 
noons vanished and the hours appointed for con- 
fession dwindled as even the most ardent Catholics 
stayed away. 

Because confession was (and still is) conducted 
privately, exploring the role it played — and then 
ceased to play — in the lives of American Catholics 
is difficult. Most Catholics who experienced it have 
their own stories to tell, but less anecdotal informa- 
tion can be harder to come by. In contrast to other 
sacraments, such as baptism and confirmation, 
there are no records of who has gone to confession 
and when; certainly no records have ever been 
made of what actually happened once an individual 
entered the confessional box. 






"Auricular" confession — the expression itself is 
telling. A persons confession goes directly "into the 
ear" of the priest, and it vanishes with the sound of 
the spoken words. It is rare even to find priests or 
parishes that kept reliable counts of confessions, 
but a few fragmentary computations have survived 
to suggest the historical dimensions of confession 
in this country. 

Consider, for example, the experience of the Je- 
suit priests at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on Park 
Avenue in New York City. From July 1896 through 
June 1897, according to reports sent to their Jesuit 
superiors, the seven priests of the parish estimated 
that they heard a total of 78,000 confessions: 
76,000 of these were "particular," recounting sins 
committed since a previous confession, and 2,000 
were "general," covering a penitent's entire life. 

One of those priests kept a more exact tally as he 
sat for hours in the confessional. With the precision 
and language of an accountant, Patrick Healy, SJ, 
added up his confessions every week in his diary, 
"brought forward" each sum into a monthly total, 
and then computed his annual "score." Between 
July 1, 1896, and June 30, 1897 — like his confreres, 
Fr. Healy calculated on the fiscal year — he heard 
9,047 separate confessions, about 1 1 percent of the 
parish total. These ranged from a monthly low of 
253 in August (he was away on vacation in Maine 
for two weeks) to a high of 1,188 in October. Most 
of these penitents clustered on Thursdays, Fridays, 
and Saturdays. One Saturday, for example, Fr. 
Healy heard 73 confessions during unspecified 
hours in the afternoon, and then heard 102 more 
between 7:45 and 11 that night. The day's total 
(175) was apparently more or less normal. A few 
weeks later, when he heard "only 88," he thought 
the pace "slack." On another day, when he heard 
124, he even managed to finish reading his daily of- 
fice while sitting in the confessional box, waiting 
for penitents to come to him. 

In Boston, another priest was recording similar 
crowds. Fr. James A. Walsh, who would later found 

the Maryknoll missionary order, was in the waning 
years of the 19th century a young curate in his first 
assignment at St. Patrick's parish in the Roxbury 
neighborhood, a densely packed working-class dis- 
trict of Irish immigrants and their upwardly mobile 
children. Walsh typically sat in the confessional for 
four to five hours on Saturdays, during which time 
he would hear between 100 and 150 confessions. 
The pace might be uneven. One Saturday in Feb- 
ruary 1899, just before the beginning of Lent, he 
heard 137. They seemed to come in waves: "solid" 
between 3 and 5 in the afternoon, "straggling" be- 
tween 5 and 6, and then steady again between 7:20 
and 9:20 that night. 

Priests never discussed the details of the confes- 
sions they heard, but they often spoke warmly of 
the satisfaction they derived from the forgiveness of 
their parishioners' sins. They even boasted of reel- 
ing in "big fish" — meaning penitents who had been 
away for many years. "Landed a 17-year fish," Fr. 
Walsh exulted one day in Boston, while Fr. Healy 
(he was a Jesuit, after all) expressed his excitement 
in French: "Quelques gros poissonsl" 

For parish priests the confessional was the pri- 
mary locus of their sacramental ministry. Mass and 
other sacraments, by comparison, took up only a 
small percentage of their working days and weeks. 

These large numbers of confes- 
sions sketch out the broad oudines of Penance's 
place in American Catholicism. More important to 
understanding confession and its fate is the way in 
which the laity actually experienced the sacrament. 
Most Catholics were taught the proper form for 
confessing at an early age, and for the rest of their 
lives fell into its familiar rhythms. 

"When the priest opens the little slide" in the 
confessional window, a 1930s textbook explained 
to elementary-school students, "make the Sign of 
the Cross, and then ask the priest to bless you. . . . 
Tell all of your sins, and always try to tell how 

26 FALL 21)00 

many times you have committed each sin. It is well 
to begin your Confession with the most serious 
sin. . . . When you have confessed all your sins, you 
should say: 'Father, I am very sorry for these sins 
and all the sins of my past life.'" 

At that point, the priest might offer a word or 
two of encouragement, then he assigned a penance 
to be accomplished, usually in the form of a num- 
ber of prayers to be recited. The penitent next said 
a short Act of Contrition while the priest pro- 
nounced his prayer of absolution in Latin. The 
sacramental exchange ended there. On leaving the 
confessional box, the parishioner returned to a pew 
or to the church altar rail to recite the specified 
prayers of penance, and was then free to go. 

The procedure was simple enough, but whenev- 
er ordinary Catholics discussed confession their 
comments concentrated at the positive and nega- 
tive extremes. The social activist Dorothy Day, for 
example — not, to be sure, an "ordinary" Catholic in 
any sense of the word, but a woman who, by her 
own account, had some considerable experience 
with sin — remembered affectionately in her 1952 
autobiography the "warm, dimly lit vastness" of the 
church as she waited her turn and the welcoming, 
"patient" attitude of the priest. As Day acknowl- 
edged, confession was "hard," forcing one to "rack 
[one's] brain for even the beginnings of sins against 
charity, chastity, sins of detraction, sloth, or glut- 
tony." But many Catholics found confession worth- 
while for just that reason. Its salutary effect derived 
in large measure from the very fact that it was a dif- 
ficult and serious business. 

At the same time, the clergy had a tendency to 
use the language of trial and punishment in talking 
about confession. This heightened the dread a pen- 
itent might feel before entering the box, and di- 
minished the relief on leaving it. "The confessor is 
primarily a judge," one priest asserted in the 1950s, 
and the sacrament is conducted "after the manner 
of a judicial trial." Another priest went even further. 
At the altar, he wrote, a priest was "co-offerer with 
Christ," but in the confessional he was "co-jailer 
with Christ." Images of that kind led many to share 
the view of the layman who, in a 1966 letter to a na- 
tional Catholic magazine, described confession as 
"the sacrament of fear." 

PerhapS the mOSt striking feature of 
the history of confession in the United States is 
the speed with which it collapsed. Catholic com- 
mentators began to note the falling numbers of 

penitents shortly after the close of the Second Vat- 
ican Council in 1965. Vatican II had initiated many 
changes in Church practice — mandating that Mass 
be said in the language of the people, for instance, 
and turning the altar to face the congregation. But 
it had said practically nothing about confession, 
other than to authorize postconciliar work to "give 
more luminous expression to both the nature and 
effect of the sacrament." Even so, in 1968 a priest 
wrote in the Passionist Fathers' Sign magazine that 
"people are staying away from confession in 

Parish schedules confirm the decline. In 1900, 
for instance, Sacred Heart parish in middle-class 
Newton, Massachusetts, had settled into a pattern 
that would remain in place for more than half a 
century: Four priests heard confessions from 3:30 
to 6 p.m. and again from 7 to 9:30, a total of five 
hours, every Saturday. "Housekeepers and all oth- 
ers whose duties will allow them to do so should go 
to confession in the afternoon," the pastor urged, 
"and leave the confessionals free in the evening for 
working people." In later years, as confessions de- 
clined, fewer hours were set aside. By 1972, with 
the decline fully underway, five hours were reduced 
to three (4 to 5:30 and 7:30 to 9 p.m.), and by 1991 
that was cut to only an hour and a half (2 to 3:30), 
though the pastor was then also adding hopefully 
"anytime by appointment." 

Polling data likewise document confession's dis- 
appearance. The National Opinion Research Cen- 

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ter conducted extensive studies of American 
Catholics in 1965 and again in 1975. During that 
period, Catholics who went to confession once a 
month declined from 38 percent to 17 percent, 
while those who said that they "never" or "practi- 
cally never" confessed increased from 18 percent to 
38 percent. By the mid-1980s, the number of 
monthly penitents had fallen to 6 percent, accord- 
ing to a survey conducted by the University of 
Notre Dame. Even among Catholics who were 
most active in their parishes — volunteering, teach- 
ing religious-education classes, or serving in other 
capacities — 15 percent reported that they never 
went to confession at all, while another 35 percent 
said they went only once a year. 

How are we to understand so dramatic a change 
in American Catholic religious practice? In retro- 

spect, it seems clear that as the 20th century ad- 
vanced there was accumulating dissatisfaction with 
confession among the laity, and this eventually took 
its toll. One of the most common complaints was 
the unseemly speed with which the sacrament 
might be conducted. 

Typically, the whole business lasted about two 
minutes. On January 7, 1899, for example, Boston's 
Fr. James Walsh heard 125 confessions in four and 
three-quarter hours, meaning that, on average, he 
was talking to a new penitent every two minutes 
and 15 seconds. Some confessions could take 
longer, but some could be shorter. At least once, Fr. 
Healy in New York averaged less than two minutes 
per penitent. All the data I have seen convince me 
that these experiences were normal. 

Of course, two minutes is longer than it seems. 

28 FALL 2000 

Chapel of the Most Blessed Trinity, Newton, Massachusetts 

A penitent might take only about five seconds to 
say the opening phrases of the rite, with perhaps 
another ten seconds at the end for the Act of Con- 
trition and the absolution. The rest of the time 
could be devoted to the enumeration of offenses, 
and a fast talker could pack quite a number of sins 
into two minutes. The priest might interrupt to ask 
questions, but confessors were generally advised to 
keep such questioning to a minimum. The Jesuit 
priest Gerald Kelly's popular manual, The Good 
Confessor (1951), spelled out a number of "prudent 
don'ts" for priests, and the first of them was "Don't 
ask unnecessary questions." Confessors, particular- 
ly the newly ordained, were enjoined to give each 
penitent some particular words of advice or en- 
couragement, but these too might become mechan- 
ical and not take up much time. 

Increasingly, lay people complained that the 
pressure of long lines of penitents and the perfunc- 
tory nature of the encounter lent an air of the 
assembly line to confessional practice. When De- 
troit's Archbishop John Dearden assembled a group 
of lay people in 1962 to articulate concerns that 
they hoped the impending Vatican Council would 
address, prominent on their list was the hope that 
Penance could be transformed into "a means of 
spiritualizing the layman," rather than a mere "enu- 
meration of sins and the provision of absolution." 

Priests too objected to rushing confessions, at 
least in theory. The crowds who waited to receive 
the sacrament could create a temptation to hasten 
the process along, but this "slot-machine" approach 
had to be resisted, said the Homiletic and Pastoral 
Review, a magazine for parish priests, in 1920. After 


all, "what good is accomplished by hearing a great 
number of penitents in a slipshod and unprofitable 
manner?" At the same time, however, a common 
parish practice encouraged lay people to hurry 
through confession. Before Vatican II, it was not at 
all unusual for Catholics to go to confession during 
Mass itself. Since the liturgy at the time called for 
little active participation by the laity, parishioners 
could line up for confession as soon as Mass began. 
It was possible to confess while the Mass was going 
on, wrote Mary Perkins Ryan, the liturgist and ed- 
ucator, in 1938, and still have the "virtual inten- 
tion" — strikingly contemporary language! — of 
assisting at the sacrifice, and thereby fulfilling the 
Sunday obligation. This kind of "doubling up" re- 
inforced the practice of speedy confession. 

More fundamental than procedural 

complaints in undercutting confession were chang- 
ing notions of sin. Since the Middle Ages, auricular 
confession had been built on a clear distinction be- 
tween mortal and venial sins. Strictly speaking, only 
mortal sins — those grave offenses that completely 
ruptured the believer's relationship with God — 
were "necessary matter" for confession. But the list 
of mortal sins kept expanding. In the 1930s, for in- 
stance, the popular magazine Messenger of the Sacred 
Heart added several: reading even part of a volume 
that was on the Index of Prohibited Books, doing 
more than two-and-a-half hours of "servile work" 

Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston 

on Sunday, and (for women) wearing makeup "for 
the purpose of enticing or encouraging others to 
sins of impurity." Moreover, priests had long been 
in the habit of urging penitents to confess their ve- 
nial sins as well. "It is not necessary to confess our 
venial sins," the Baltimore Catechism pointed out in 
its 1941 edition, "but it is better to do so." If one 
had committed no mortal sins, said this manual 
from which generations of American Catholics 
learned their faith, "we should confess our venial 
sins or [even] some sin told in a past confession, for 
which we are again sorry." 

Suddenly, that advice no longer seemed right, as 
American Catholics rethought their understanding 
of sin. Writing in The Priest magazine in 1972, for 
example, William Allen, a pastor from Florida, ex- 
pressed the increasingly common rejection of what 
he called an "act-dominated concept of sin." It was 
"well nigh impossible," he said, for anyone "in the 
normal course of events" to commit a sin serious 
enough to require confession. John Carmody, a Je- 
suit theologian, had written in the same magazine a 
few years earlier that sin was best thought of not as 
specific acts of commission or omission, but rather 
as a "negative constant" — "hanging like a smog of 
bad atmosphere around all human actions." The 
parish clergy were losing some of their old confi- 
dence. "Why do we say that some actions are 
'wrong' while others are 'right'?" one priest asked 
the Homiletic and Pastoral Review in 1970. "Where 
does this idea come from?" 

It is practically inconceivable that an American 
Catholic priest a hundred years earlier — or even 20 
years earlier — would have been troubled by ques- 
tions of that kind. In this apparent vacuum, lay 
Catholics may have begun to take upon themselves 
the responsibility to decide whether their actions 
were serious enough to lead them into the con- 
fessional. Increasingly, the conclusion was that 
they were not. "People have lost a clear-cut notion 
of what sin is," the lay editors of Commonweal 
observed in 1974, "and this new sense of the ambi- 
guity of evil does not fit the popular understanding 
of confession." 

Reconsideration of certain specific "sins" con- 
tributed to this shift in thinking, and no topic had 
more impact than birth control. Long before the 
publication of Pope Paul VI 's encyclical on the sub- 
ject, Humanae Vitae, in July 1968, priests knew that 
anything dealing with sexuality had to be treated 
very carefully in the confessional, but the experts 
disagreed on the best approach to take. One semi- 
nary textbook in pastoral theology urged confessors 

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to "use the utmost prudence and discretion" in ask- 
ing about matters "de sexto. Do not teach evil. It is 
often better to be silent on this matter." Another 
textbook took precisely the opposite view. Peni- 
tents, particularly the young, "must be questioned 
closely about sins against the Sixth Command- 
ment," it advised. Whichever general approach a 
parish priest might adopt, he often had to address 
contraception during confession, especially as the 
20th century advanced. In some dioceses, priests 
were specifically instructed to ask about the subject 
themselves, even if penitents did not bring it up. 
Widespread expectation that Pope Paul VI would 
change the Church's teaching on contraception 
gave way to confusion and anger when he did not. 

Three months after the publication of Humanae 
Vitae, the anguish of one woman was perhaps typi- 
cal. A year earlier, she explained in a letter to the 
magazine Sign, her priest had told her that she need 
not confess her use of birth control pills; "it was a 
very relaxed and wonderful year," she said. Now, 
with the restatement of the Church's traditional po- 
sition, she did not know what to think or do. Nei- 
ther giving up the practice of contraception nor 
going back to confessing it as sinful seemed satis- 
factory. "All of a sudden," wrote another lay person, 
"I see no sin involved in this practice." The Amer- 
ican Catholic laity were getting used to the idea of 
deciding such moral questions on their own, per- 
haps even in spite of what official Church teaching 
might be. "Rome has squandered its own moral au- 
thority," Commonweal opined tersely. 

A more general factor in changing Catholic no- 
tions of sin was a new "psychologizing" of confes- 
sion. At first, many 20th-century Catholics had 
been horrified by the implications of Freudian 
theory. Not only did the Viennese psychiatrist 
overemphasize sex, one priest wrote in American 
Ecclesiastical Review in 1926, but also the role Freud 
accorded the unconscious seemed to undercut indi- 
vidual moral responsibility. What need was there to 
seek forgiveness for sins, the priest continued, if 

"men are puppets, moved in their actions by the 
strings of an irresponsible unconscious?" Interreli- 
gious tensions redoubled some of these suspicions. 
Since Freud and many of his disciples were Jewish, 
some Catholics thought it best to keep a safe dis- 
tance. "Only the psychiatrist who subscribes whole- 
heartedly to the teachings of Christianity can be 
trusted with the soul of a Christian patient," one 
priest urged as late as 1960. What is more, 
Catholics long thought confession a better remedy 
for what bothered individuals, especially since it 
was so readily accessible. Why pay an analyst for 
what was available free every Saturday afternoon at 
the local parish? 

Despite the persistence of such attitudes, 
Catholic caricatures of psychology and psychiatry 
were fading by midcentury among priests and laity 
alike, replaced by a greater appreciation of the 
compatibility of these sciences with confession. In 
fact, the sacrament was increasingly described in 
psychological terms. Some priests began to offer 
advice to their colleagues on how to deal with the 
"phobias" and "compulsions" of "neurotic" peni- 
tents. Regular practice of the sacrament even had 
many positive "psychotherapeutic aftereffects," one 
college and seminary textbook asserted. The sys- 
tematic examination of conscience before confes- 
sion could itself "promote a more complete 
self-awareness" and thereby contribute to "mental 
hygiene and prophylaxis." 

At the same time, lay men and women, faced 
with a choice of confession or psychological coun- 
seling, were revising their estimate of which was 
likely to produce the better result. "My priest never 
had the training that my psychiatrist has," one 
woman told sociological researchers in the early 
1980s. "I go to [my psvchiatrist] out of an aware- 
ness that I want to change, to grow. My priest never 
allowed me to do that." 

Also helping to accelerate the decline of confes- 
sion was its shifting relationship with communion. 
The two sacraments had always been closely linked. 


St. Ignatius Church, Chestnut Hill. Massachusetts 

Confessionals were crowded on Saturdays precisely 
because parishioners wanted to go to communion 
at Sunday Mass. Confession was also an indepen- 
dent devotional exercise, however, and throughout 
the 19th century the practice of Penance had al- 
most always outrun reception of the Eucharist; sta- 
tistics compiled by Jesuits in the eastern half of the 
United States between 1880 and 1940 show this. In 
1886-87, for instance, priests of the Mary- 
land-New York Jesuit province reported hearing 
more than 1.2 million confessions, while they dis- 
tributed only about 850,000 communions. This 
ratio changed in the early years of the 20th centu- 
ry, particularly after the eucharistic reforms of Pope 
Pius X. With the lowering of the age of first com- 
munion, the gradual relaxing of the rules governing 

fasting before reception of the eucharist, and the 
active encouragement of more frequent commu- 
nion by the laity, the rate of confessions dipped 
below that of communions and stayed there. In 
1907-08, the Jesuits' tally of communions exceeded 
confessions for the first time (1 .7 million to 1 .4 mil- 
lion), and the gap steadily widened thereafter, even- 
tually leveling off at a rough ratio of three to two. 
This balance prevailed until the precipitous decline 
of confession in the 1960s. 

As American Catholics internalized the practice 
of more frequent reception of the Eucharist, they 
seemed to conclude that it was communion, not 
confession, that performed the all-important work 
of purification and reconciliation. One could take 

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Maurice J. Downey 
New Pond Village 
180 Main Street 
Walpole, MA 02081 
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Rita Quane GSS W '40 wishes to say 
thank you on behalf of her brother. 
Rev. Joseph F. Quane, SJ who, on 
June 19, 2000, celebrated his sixty- 
second year as a Jesuit priest. On 
July 11, 2000, Fr. Joe reached his 
ninety-fifth birthday and is residing 
at Pierce Pavilion, Campion Health 
Care Center, Weston, Massachu- 
setts. Fr. Joe is in a wheelchair and 
not able to answer his correspon- 
dence. He received many, many cards 
and letters noting the above two 
occasions. We both wish to say many 
thanks to his friends, former stu- 
dents at BC and academic associates 
for their thoughtfulness. It would be 
impossible to answer all of them 


Charles A. McCarthy 
2081 Beacon Street 
Waban, MA 02468 
(617) 244-9025 

Henry O. Delaney of Cambridge, 
about whom we wrote in the previ- 
ous issue of the "Bulletin" died last 
January 28. He had been in ill health 
for some time and suffered an acci- 
dent with a bus. May he rest in peace! 
• On a more cheerful note, my wife 
and I traveled to Tanglewood on 
August 6 to hear Seiji Ozawa con- 
duct the Boston Symphony in Ben- 
jamin Britten's "War Requiem." 
This was possibly Ozawa's last ap- 
pearance in this country and the 
"War Requiem" the most powerful 
tone poem I have ever heard. The 
performance was superb. 


Walter M. Drohan 
85 Nelson Street 
Winchester, MA 01890 
(781) 729-2899 

Ed Cass's recent safari trip merits 
all our interest. He went from Crane 
Creek Palm City Florida on the way 
to the port of Pirius Greece to the 
Mediterranean Sea, the Suez Canal 
to a Red Sea Cruise, then on to 
cruise the Indian Ocean that included 

stops at Cape Town South Africa. 
All in all, 7,000 miles were covered. 
A most interesting part of his trip 
was the finding of a Boston College 
Club in Cape Town. • Jim Curley 
died May 28 in Wakefield. He was 
the father of Joseph A. and Charles 
R. of Wakefield and James J., Jr. of 
Reading. He is also survived by eight 
grandchildren and three great grand- 
children. Jim had a great legal career 
and was a true friend of Boston Col- 
lege. Prayers are in order. 


Atty. William M. Hogan, Jr. 
Brookhaven, A-305 
1010 Waltham Street 
Lexington, MA 02421 
{78!) 863-8359 


Herbert A. Kenny 
894 Summer Street 
Manchester, MA 01944 
(978) 526-1446 

As we reported sometime back, 
Dr.Theodore N. Marier, who holds 
a chair in liturgical music at Catholic 
University in Washington, D.C., was 
featured in a ma jor story in the Wash- 
ington Post. The story was reprinted 
in a recent edition of the Catholic 
Digest with its national distribution. 
• Alphonse "Ike" Ezmunt, our 
scholar-athlete? is back in Boynton 
Beach, Florida, reflecting on his re- 
cent visit to the North Shore to see 
old friends and relatives. He stopped 
in for lunch with Herbert A. Kenny, 
class correspondent at his home in 
that meets monthly at Herb's house 
in Manchester just celebrated its thir- 
tieth anniversary. • Nicholas 
Fiumara recently heaped with vari- 
ous honors for his longyears of medi- 
cal service, goes to work three days a 
week, two at the New England Medi- 
cal Center and one at his office. • 
William Joyce and his wife are in 
Oberammergau for the Passion Play. 


Edward T. Sullivan 
286 Adams Street 
Milton, MA 02186 


We have Dan Holland to thank for 
this issue of our class notes. These 

are Dan's words: "the class of 1935 
was highly favored by beautiful 
weather for our sixty-fifth Reunion. 
Mass was celebrated in the Holy 
Spirit Chapel on the Newton cam- 
pus by Fr. Paul Messer, SJ who gave 
an inspiring homily." Dan Holland 
served as lector for the spiritual read- 
ings. We were pleased welcome die 
following classmates, representatives 
of some of our deceased classmates, 
and others. Anne and Milt 
Borenstein made a cameo appear- 
ance. A conflict in their schedule 
required them to leave before the 
appetizing luncheon but they en- 
joyed the opportunity to greet their 
classmates. Dib Destefano took 
time from his nautical chores in 
Scituate to be with us. Bill 
Fitzsimons enjoyed the company of 
his grandson, Matthew Dunn, for 
the festivities. Bill Gallagher's 
widow, Marge, brought along her 
daughter, Stacey , who was Bill's guest 
at several Laetare gatherings. Dan 
Holland was accompanied by his 
wife, Remona. *Paul Hurley's 
widow came with her daughter, 
Patricia DeBiase, whose husband is 



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a member of the Class of '63. Tom 
Kelley was represented by his widow, 
Edna and daughter Joyce. Dr. Jim 
McDonough came with his friend 
Mildred Bagley and appeared fully 
recovered from his recent setbacks. 
Bob Mead arrived from the Cape 
accompanied b his daughter, Mary 
Jo. Bill Nash was with his son, Paul. 
Eddie O'Brien from Dorchester, 
the survivor of our three Eddie 
O'Briens, had his son, Ed, Jr. along. 
• Frank O'Loughlin's widow 
brought a guest Rita Skinner. Tom 
Ryan came with his wife Nancy. Ed 
Sullivan was with his wife Annie. 
Walter Sullivan had the company 
of his daughter, Marie Cox. • Com- 
fortable arrangements, generous re- 
freshments, and a fine luncheon were 
provided by the Alumni Association, 
represented very capably by Arlene 
Fleming and Lynne Velente. De- 
spite the atmosphere of jubilation, 
there was the inescapable wrench at 
the lengthening list of deceased and 
of those who are unhappily inca- 

Joseph P. Keating 
24 High Street 
Natick, MA 01760 

(508) 653-4902 

Not much of anything in the way of 
class news after the summer that 
wasn't. So instead of looking back 
it's time to look ahead - to Wednes- 
day, May 23, 2001. That's the date 
for our annual luncheon and this 
time we will be celebrating our sixty- 
fifth! So if anyone has any ideas or 
thoughts as to how we can make this 
a special occasion, let me know. I am 
sorry to report the death of Mary 
Mahoney, wife of our late classmate 
Vin Mahoney of Lowell. Our 
prayers and sympathy are extended 
to their daughter, Mary Beth Plouffe 
and other members of the family. 


Thomas E. Gaquin 
206 Corey Street 
W. Roxbury, MA 02132 

The month of August has been a sad 
one for the class of '37. On August 
21, Art Ciampa called to announce 
that his wife, Phyllis ("Sissie") 
McDonald Ciampa, passed away. She 
is survived by her husband, Art, her 
daughter, Millie McCarthy of 
Scituate, granddaughter Kyle of 
Scituate, and a sister, Donna Ander- 
son of Braintree, and many nieces 
and nephews. The funeral Mass was 
held at St. Ann's Church in 
Wollaston. On the same date Francis 
X. Noonan, formerly of Brighton, 
died at Scituate Life Care Center 
after a lengthy illness. Frank had a 
long career as an executive at 
Massport, retiring in 1981 after 
thirty-one years with that agency. 
He is survived by his wife, Barbara 
C. (Jordan) and his daughters, 
Deborah C. and Deirdre M., and 
two sons, Francis X. and Gregory, 
and three grandchildren. A funeral 
Mass was held at St. Mary of the 
Nativity Church in Scituate. • On 
Saturday, August 26, William J. 
Meek of Wayland died of cancer at 
his Wayland home. Bill was origi- 
nally from Dedham and West 
Roxbury, joined the Boston Globe 
in 1936 as a copyboy and became a 
police reporter in 1938. During 
World War II he served in the 
United States Navy, seeing action 
during the invasion of Italy and later 


in the Pacific at Iwo Jima and 
Okinawa. Following World War II 
he returned to the Globe as copy 
editor and worked his way up to Day 
Editor until his retirement in 1981. 
He later taught journalism and world 
affairs courses at the Chamberlain 
School and Newbury College until 
1998. He is survived by his wife, 
Carolyn (Baker), a son William J. of 
Marietta, Georgia , and four daugh- 
ters, Susan Hesse of Chatham, Jen- 
nifer Palmer of Newton, Alexandra 
Shumway of Dedham, and Jocelyn 
Meek of Brooldine, three grandchil- 
dren and four great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held at St. 
Ann's Church in Wayland. • During 
August I checked on Leo Coveney at 
his year-round residence in 
Centerville and found that Leo is in 
excellent health and waiting for our 
next anniversary celebration. • Joe 
Barry is recovering nicely after lac- 
eration of his right hand suffered in 
a fall in his neighborhood. 


William D. Finan 
1202 Greendale Avenue 
Unit #134 
Needham, MA 02492 


John D. Donovan 
12 Wessonville Way 
Westborough, MA 01581 


How to start? The weather is always 
safe, SO- the weather this past sum- 
mer left a lot to he desired but, hey - 
this is New England. Just wait a 
minute or more! The really good 
news is that we have no "obits" to 
report. Thanks, God. Other good 
news includes the Ritz-Carleton cel- 
ebration by Nelson and Joan 
Erickson of their golden wedding 
anniversary and the successful recu- 
peration of Frank Brennan from 
open-heart surgery. Congratula- 
tions! Frank also notes with pride 
that he has a granddaughter now a 
B.C. sophomore. As always, Al 
Branca generously passes along 
news about other classmates. This 
time he has been advised by Austin 
O'Toole, brother of our late class- 
mate John A. O'Toole, that John's 
combat death during the assault on 
Fedhala, Morocco was dramatically 
recognized by the United State Navy. 
His outstanding bravery was not only 

recognized by the posthumous award 
of the Navy Cross but by the subse- 
quent name of the DE 527 as 
O'Toole. His heroism and his 
memory live on. For more class news, 
keep us informed. 'Till next time, 
let's hope that the Eagles have a 
rewarding football season and also 
do well in class. Cheers. 


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Sherman Rogan 
34 Oak Street 
Reading, MA 01867 

The Class of 1940 celebrated a gala 
sixtieth reunion dinner at the Bos- 
ton College Downtown Club on May 
31, 2000. Everyone had a marvelous 
time. The class wishes to thank the 
Alumni Association for all their hard 
work and assistance. Those in atten- 
dance included: Frank and Doris 
Ahearn, Elmore and Margaret 
Campbell, Joe and Kathleen 
Costigan, Henry and Muriel 
Desmond, Rev. Erancis Diskin, 
Helen Drinan, Tom and Mary 
Duffey, Bill and Mary Duffey, 
Mary Ford, George and Gertrude 
Gallagher, Debra Gibbons, Kay 
Gilligan, Barbara Goodman, Rev. 
William Granville, Edward 
Greeley, Paul Greeley, Joe and 
Louise Groden, Art and June 
Hassett, Robert and Virginia 
Henderson, Joe Joseph, Maryjoy, 
Ed and Joan Kenny, John and Dor- 
othy Lyons, William Maisey, John 
and Lucille McCarthy, Daniel 
McCue, Robert and Charlotte 
McGovern, Ed and Ruth Nagle, 
Vinicio and Helen Nasca, Mary 

O'Brien, Fred and Florence 
O'Hara, John O'Hara, Robert 
O'Malley, Bob Power, Sherm and 
Joan Rogan, Dallas Russell, James 
and Helen Ryan, John Ryan, 
Marguarite Schofield, Beebe 
Sinofsky, Rev. William Smith, 
Thomas Smithers, Tom Sweeney, 
Jeremiah Twomey, Joe and 
Thelma Waters, and Kay Wright. 
•Fred Robertie couldn't make our 
sixtieth due to illness. He advises 
that Charles B Thornton formerly 
of Brighton and Scituate passed away 
in December last in Florida leaving 
his wife Betty and three sons. Fred 
attended B.C. High and Charlie and 
the two remained lifelong friends. 
Naval officers during World War II, 
they once enjoyed a reunion at Pearl 
Harbor. William J. (Bill) Laverty 
of Osterville (B.S. in Physics) passed 
on this past spring leaving his wife 
Margaret (O'Hara). A mass for Dr. 
Edward J. Handy was celebrated at 
the AnnunciationMelkite Cathedral 
in Roslindale in July. Devoted hus- 
band of Louise and much-loved 
brother of Ernie of the class of '42. 
Dr. Handy joins thirteen doctors 
remembered at our twenty-third an- 
nual Mass of Petition. A veteran of 
World War II and the Korean "con- 
flict," Ed is interred at the National 
Cemetery at Bourne. One graduate 
of the B.C. Evening College who 
received her degree of Bachelor of 
Arts with the Class of '40 was Sister 
Jean Marie Callahan, O.P. Sister's 
career as a Dominican nun included 
terms a principal of St. Cecelia's 
High School in Hastings, Nebraska 
and a school in Gloucester, Massa- 
chusetts. A loyal daughter of the 
church, the lady is honored as the 
founding president of St. Catherine's 
College in Springfield, Kentucky. 
Another Little Flower on the "Seven 
Story Mountain." And so the roll 
goes on, sons ad daughters of the 
Heights, from a generation shocked 
by the fall of France, who persevered 
in love of God, man and country by 
a lifetime dedicated to service. Those 
living away from Massachusetts look 
forward to news of their friends from 
days when Shaw's "Begin the 
Beguine" spirited our lunch-time 
breaks. The Archdiocese has estab- 
lished an honor memorializingMost 
Rev. Francis J. Lally, award-win- 
ning editor of the Pilot, longtime 
Chairman of the Boston Redevelop- 
ment Authority and well-loved com- 
rade of '40. In May your 
correspondent took title to a boat- 
house in Swampscott adjacent to a 
home owned by Dr. Ezio Tessone. 
The boathouse once housed a Emited 
States Coast Guard search and res- 
cue detachment. Record the names 

of your grandchildren here and let 
the world know of their aspirations 
and accomplishments. Your class- 
mates are interested. The record of 
the class '40 in religious vocations 
may never be matched, but the aim 
of the Eagle must be to lead the 
world tomorrow. We rely on Provi- 
dence to chart the course. Drop a 
line, remembering always "to keep a 
song in your heart." 


James J. Kiely, PhD 
2 Forest Lane 
Hingham, MA 02043 
(781) 749-2021 


Ernest J. Handy 
84 Walpole Street Unit 4-M 
Canton, MA 02021 
(781) 821-4576 

Sincere wishes to my classmates, 
their families, and those who read 
this column for a happy and blessed 
Christmas. May the day be filled 
with the love and companionship of 
all your loved ones. Kindly remem- 
ber George Crowley, who died 2 
June 2000, in your prayers. George 
was very active as an attorney in 
patent law. Our condolences to his 
widow Helen, son Peter, daughter 
Ann and his six grandchildren. Your 
prayers are also requested for Tom 
Duffy who died after a brief illness 
14May 2000, exactly fifty-eightyears 
from the date we graduated. Tom 
did submarine duty as Executive 
Officer in the Navy during World 
War II. He rose to the rank of Com- 
mander. He subsequently graduated 
from Loyola Law School and later 
became Vice-President of the 
Northern Trust Company, one of 
the largest banks in America. To his 
widow Marjorie, daughters, Nancy 
and Carolyn, and son, Thomas, we 
extend our sincere condolences. • 
He was a decorated veteran of three 
wars, flying bombing missions dur- 
ing World War II, commanding an 
air squadron during the Korean war, 
and commanding the aircraft carrier 
Oriskany during the Vietnam War. 
John Iarrobino died of cancer 23 
June 2000. Please remember him in 
your prayers. Our sincere sympa- 
thies to his widow Grace, their 
daughter lanice and their son James. 
• While at B. C, Joe Sherry had a 
strong opinion on freedom of con- 
versation during lectures and train 



rides. During World War II he 
brought honor to the Marine Corps 
as a First Lieutenant but he is best 
remembered as the 1986 Volunteer 
of the Year for North Shore Catho- 
lic Charities. In 1 984 he retired after 
twenty years of teaching high school 
social studies. Joe died 26 August 
2000. Please remember him in your 
prayers. To his widow Kathleen, sons 
Joseph and Peter, daughters Chris- 
tine, Adrianne, Sara & Maria, and 
his ten grandchildren we extend our 
sincere sympathies. • Also in your 
prayers, please remember my brother 
Ed '40, who died 14 July 2000. • 
With great pride I report that more 
than fifty percent of our classmates 
contributed in excess of $50,000 to 
Alma Mater during fiscal 2000. 
Hopefully, the percentage will in- 
crease during fiscal 2 00 1 . We can do 
it. • Because they were attending 
the famous Passion Play, performed 
every ten years, in Oberammergau, 
Germany, Beth & Tom Hinchey 
missed Memorial Mass 2000. Tom 
writes, "It was a most memorable 
experience." • Despite a heavy sched- 
ule, which included a high school 
graduation address, teaching law 
courses, lecturing in Portugal, and 
preparing his tenth book for publi- 
cation, Bob Drinan was present at 
our Memorial Mass. • Retirement 
has not slowed down Joe Downey. 

HOME, be it ever so humble. Once 
again, may your Christmas be all 
that you want it to be. 


beside his son, Lt. James Ward, who 
was killed in action in the Vietnam 



DECEMBER 1,2000 

This past October he served as Spiri- 
tual Director on a pilgrimage to Italy 
for the Feast of St. Francis. • My 
tailgating days are now just wonder- 
ful memories. Our group included 
Julie & Jim Cahalane, Marie & Frank 
Driscoll, Dorothy & Ed McDonald, 
and Marie & Frank Dever. Before 
the game we'd have omelets with 
bacon or ham. After the game there 
would be another feast. Of course, 
liquid refreshments were never for- 
gotten. Today, my social activities 
consist mainly of whatever is served 
at the Hall of Fame Room. As you 
read this, I will be counting the days 
until I will be relaxing on the beach 
in Naples, Florida, swimming in 
warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, 
playing golf, socializing with class- 
mates, enjoying the activities spon- 
sored by the B. C. Club of 
Southwestern Florida, and, yes, 
counting the days till we return 

Thomas O'C. Murray 
14 Churchill Road 
W. Roxbury, MA 02132-3402 
(617) 323'3737 

We must start again with some sad 
news: our condolences to Agnes and 
the family of Joe Lyons who died on 
July 5 after a prolonged illness. Joe 
was a decorated Navy vet, a triple 
Eagle, a former Assistant Attorney 
General and a lawyer in Boston for 
more than fifty-two years. Condo- 
lences also to Tom Manning on the 
death of his brother and to Dr. Hal 
Habib on the death of his sister. 
Seen at the wake/funeral were Alex 
Skene, Bob Donelan, Jean and Jim 
Harvey and Marie and Tom 
Murray. • I had a call in June from 
Fr. Gene McKenna who wished to 
be remembered to all. We missed 
Fr. Bill Commane at the golf day 
since he was in CA and recently 
underwent some surgery and at last 
report was doing well. Another case 
of health problems reported by Marie 
Meagher: husband Tom recovering 
from a heart operation in July and is 
now on the road to recovery; a card 
would be welcome! Speaking of 
health, Frank Hill reports he had 
one of those bypass operations with 
no side effects; as a matter of fact, 
he's back playing tennis feeling fine 
and planning a Florida vacation next 
spring. • We recently had a nice 
note from John Rafferty with a gen- 
erous contribution for class dues. 
Jim Considine reports he's sorry to 
have missed the golf day but looks 
forward to next year's event. From 
Florida, I received a nice letter from 
Marcella Lanigan, widow of our late 
Ed, telling us how much she enjoys 
reading the '43 news. • Still much 
involved in B.C.'s Second Helping 
is Ernie Santosuosso. Lost among 
our letters, one from Fr. Tom Heath 
who regrets he had to miss our golf 
day and fall festival, but was called 
back to Africa in August, hoping to 
return in three years. Look for a full 
report of our annual fall festival in 
our next column, but in the mean- 
time please keep in touch. Any news 
from classmates is most welcome! 

Jim (James) O'Donnell 
3317 Newark Street NW 
Washington, DC 20008 
(202) 362-3371 
FAX: (202) 966-2933 

At the end of August last, in a phone 
conversation while on the Cape, I 
thanked Dr. Don White for mailing 
to me in D.C. the IBEW baseball 
cap I left at his Chatham home weeks 
earlier. • He exacted a price for re- 
turn of the cap. I agreed; and now I 
must try to perform my end of his 
bargain, viz. accepting the challenge 
of being contact person to collect 
notes and submit copy on the illus- 
trious Class of 44. My commitment; 
to give it my best shot from D.C. - at 
least through 2001, D.V. • I hardly 
resisted. It would be too difficult to 
turn down a request so rare from 
Don White. Over the years, since he 
ably managed production of the Sub 
Turri for '44, as classmate, as dean, 
he has stayed the course with sailor/ 
columnist Jim MCSorley, Jim 
Dowd, Paul Burns, Joe Bains 
(R.I.P.)as well as with Dr. John 
Duggan and Joe Delaney, keeping 
our class connected and bringing us 
together at the Heights for refresh- 
ing reunions. • In or brief phone 
chat before Labor Day, I told Dean 
Don of the flash-back I experienced 
after visiting with him and Helene in 
Mid-July. Prior to the attack on 
Pearl and long before the Los Alamos 
Test, Don made a report in Profes- 
sor Robert Buck's Economics class 
when he alerted students and Pro- 
fessor Buck to the advent of U-235, 
the coming on nuclear fission and of 
energy almost without limits. I'm 
still sure Don compiled his report 
without downloading classified se- 
crets. But how? • Classmates from 
Plymouth, Million, and beyond the 
sacred bounds of Massachusetts, I 
need and would welcome your help 
and input. Until the fatal contact in 
summer-2000 with persuasive Dr. 
Don White, I deserved a Class of '44 
characterization as "Out-ofTouch". 
I expect to hear from the class histo- 
rian in Plymouth. I'm promised a 
healthy networking by my daughter 
Karen in Waltham, now that I've 
recovered her IBEW baseball hat 
from Don White. • A couple of final 
notes for now: "Of Counsel" Len 
Collins and my spouse Jeanne 
(Conners) O'Donnell still spar oc- 
casionally on legal matters in D.C. • 
Col. "Jim" Games R.) Ward, Class 
of '40, was interred with full honors 
on, September 14, 2000 at Arlington 
National Cemetery. He was buried 


Louis V. Sorgi 
5 Augusta Road 
Milton, MA 02186 
(617) 698-0623 

Mea Culpa! I forgot to report last 
time about Laetare Sunday. The 
turnout was light for our class be- 
cause of the Florida travelers. In 
attendance were Tom Loftus, Neil 
Restani, Jack McCarthy, MaryLou 
and Lou and Lillian. John 
Harrington was the featured 
speaker. Thanks to our treasurer, 
Jack, for handling this event. • Our 
medical report this time is very good. 
Joe Figurito had angioplasty and 
aneurysm surgery. He is doing well 
and expects to be doing his usual 
spotting for the home football games. 
He no longer does any kind of teach- 
ing at BC. 1 Jack McCarthy had sur- 
gery for a new valve and triple 
by-pass. He is also doing very well 
and should be back playing with the 
legends by the time you read this 
report. • Dennis Condon had sur- 
gery for an aneurysm and is also 
doing very well. Hopefully, he too 
will be joining the legends before 
the year closes. • Charlie Earley 
has fully recovered from his mild 
shock and joined the legends for the 
first time at Wollaston. Leo 
McGrath has just gone in for a bi- 
opsy of his vocal chords. I will report 
the results in the next issue. • As I 
write this, John Hogan is feeling 
better but not up to par. We miss 
him at the legend tournaments. • 
The legends played their first round 
of golf at Heatherly Golf Course. 
Bill Cornyn was our smiling host 
because his team of Kineavy, 
Catalogna took first place and the 
money. By the way, I forgot to men- 
tion that Vin Catalogna is suffering 
from a very sore back due to his war- 
time injuries and arthritis. We ended 
up the day at Barker's Tavern in 
Scituate for a good dinner and a 
lively discussion about our golf play. 
The second match took place at 
Wollaston Golf Club, hosted by 
yours truly. As the host for the day, 
I thought I had put together a win- 
ning team, but we did not win. 
Charlie Earley, who played with us 
for the first time, did very well and 
helped McCready, Hamrock and Dr. 
Colpoys win all the money. Dr. 
Colpoys • forty two joined us as a 
member of the Club and we thank 


him for his help. Also playing that 
day were Bill Cornyn, Paul Ryder, 
Dave Carey, Jack Kineavy, Vin 
Catalogna and Ed Burns. Dave 
Carey also played with a sore back 
but hit the ball very well. • Lillian 
and I went to the annual football 
cookout at the Heights. Jack 
McCarthy, Charlie Earley and Jack 
Kineavy were there with their fami- 
lies. Tom O'Brien talked about the 
team and said he was pleased so far 
with their performances. By the time 
you read these notes, they will have 
played many games and you can make 
your own judgment. • The Ever to 
Excel campaign is off to a good start 
through July. BC has received gifts 
and pledges of more than $26 mil- 
lion toward the goal of $400 million. 
We still need the help of every alum- 
nus in the country to reach the goal. 
Our class continues to do well in 
percentage of giving and my hope is 
to see our class reach as close as 
possible to 100%. There are many 
ways to give money which not only 
helps your alma mater, but also can 
help you. Thanks to all of you for 
what you do for alma mater. 'There 
are many good things going on at 
BC and they were all listed in Father 
Leahy's letter to all alumni. If you 
haven't read it by now, you are miss- 
ing a lot of good news. One of things 
mentioned was our strength in en- 
rollment. Freshmen applications for 
the class of 2004 numbered 20,742, 
breaking 20,000 for the first time. 
Applications have risen by a total of 
25% over the last two years. Great 
things are also going on in the qual- 
ity of research and scholarship. The 
more you know about your college, 
the more your support and admira- 
tion will grow. • The sympathy of 
the class goes to the family of Rob- 
ert Mealy, M.D. who passed away 
this year in St. Petersburg, FL. Bob 
was the first pediatrician to practice 
in Taunton. He was an army veteran 
of World War II and Korea. 


Leo F. Roche, Esq. 
26 Sargent Road 
Winchester, MA 018 
(781) 729-2340 


A mini-reunion was enjoyed at La- 
etare Sunday last spring, with Midge 
and Jim Ryan, Jim McTaggart, Fa- 
ther Mark Carr and Jim and Mary 
Kiley along with two of their sons in 
attendance. Jim Kiley's family is now 
a three generation group ; his daugh- 
ter, Mary '76 and his granddaugh- 
ter, Robin Leone, a junior in the 
school of nursing. 'If you are going 
on an ocean cruise, you'd do well to 
have Henry Francis as a bridge part- 
ner. He is editor in chief of the sixth 



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you up-to-date on friends, class- 
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Richard J. Fitzgerald 
P.O. Box 171 

North Falmouth, MA 02556 
(508) 563-6168 

edition of the encyclopedia of bridge 
and was editor of the fourth and fifth 
editions. He is also editor in chief of 
"The Spectator," an on-line bridge 
magazine; he is also affiliated with 
North American Bridge Champion- 
ships and is the president of the 
International Bridge Press Associa- 
tion. • Sorry to report the deaths of 
Joe McDavitt, Father PaulMoynihan 
and George Donelan. Joe had been 
retired after a career as teacher/coach 
with the Cambridge school system. 
Father Paul entered Pope John XXIII 
Seminary after working several years 
as a librarian. He served in parishes 
in Danvers, Norwood, Lowell and, 
most recently, in Quincy. George 
Donelan is remembered as a football 
captain for two successive years. Also 
for his beautiful singing voice. 
George was featured in a Chronicle 
broadcast on WCVB-TV channel 5 
diis past spring which highlighted 
the famous Brinks Robbery. George 
had written a short story concerning 
the robbery and had considerable 
insight into the event. George spent 
a good deal of time in a hobby of 
woodworking; I am in possession of 
a handsome clock, which adorns my 
living room wall. • Drop a line to 
bring us up to date. 

Timothy C. Buckley 
46 Woodridge Road 
Wayland, MA 01778 
(508) 358-4519 


William H. Flaherty, Jr. 
44 Concord Road 
Billerica, MA 01821 
(978) 670-1449 

Things are quiet, not only on the 
Western Front, but also on the East- 
ern and Central Fronts as well. It is 
one thing in the winter months when 
everyone, and I do mean everyone, 
is in Florida, but the summer time 
when the livin' is easy and the cotton 
is high, to quote a phrase. Our class 
is not only inactive but quite dull. 
Have not heard from anyone, but I 
know you are out there- I can hear 
you breathing - thank God. • While 
there was a little talk of a golf outing 
- maybe on the Cape - as yet no 
details are forthcoming. I am wait- 
ing to hear from our South Shore 
correspondents: John Joseph 
Turner, Jr. and Jon Joseph Hickey. 
It is difficult to get word to the 
northern part of Massachusetts, I 
know, It must be the Big Dig - it is 
getting blamed for everything else. 
• SawJoeQuinn at a birthday party 
this summer. Looking good, as 
usual. • It is August when I am 
writing this piece and this is Saratoga 
month for the Flahertys. I know 
Peter and Paula Rogerson and 
Sahag and Margaret Dakesian will 
be there. With Sark's new "system" 
for picking winners, he will be un- 
derwriting a the class activities for 
many years. President John Joseph 
McQuillan will be in attendance. 
His track record is so terrible; we 
won't see any big deposits in the 
treasury from that area. • As usual, 
we cannot get by a deadline without 
the word of some classmate passing 
away. Victor J. Sarno of Jamaica 
Plain, formerly of Stoughton, died 
on April 26, 2000. He was the 
beloved husband of the late Marga- 
ret (Goldrick) Sarno. He is survived 
by several children. Victor was the 
late retired Assistant Commissioner 
of Veteran Services for the City of 
Boston. • The other death hits close 
to home with the announcement of 
the passing of Frances B. Hogan in 
Lowell on May 28, 2000. She was a 
'49 graduate of the Boston College 
School of Nursing. Frances was 

married to John Hogan, Class of 
'45. She earned a Masters Degree in 
Education from Salem State Col- 
lege. She and John have five chil- 
dren, two of whom were Eagles: 
Maureen in 1977 and Chris in 1985. 
John and she were avid football and 
basketball fans with season tickets 
for over fifty years. Frances was in 
attendance at the Miracle in Miami 
and Flutie's Hail Mary pass. • Liv- 
ing in Billerica, as I do, anyone from 
Lowell is family. IknewtheHogans 
when I was a member at Vesper 
Country Club, which is really a 
Lowell athletic club. John and I 
share a mutual friend in John 
McGowan of Woburn. Her passing 
is a loss to me. I join our class in 
extending our deepest sympathy to 
John and the family. • Ending on a 
bright note: Eileen and I will be 
joining our son, Richard, his wife, 
Mary, and son, Rory, for a little 
excursion to Ireland in September - 
another trip to the Aranlslands to 
stare at the rocks. Rory will be the 
fifth generation to kiss the ground at 
Inishmore. • I'm reminded of one 
day several years ago, playing a 
Ballybunion with a wise old caddy, 
Tom Connolly. - I invited Tom in 
for a beer after the round, but he 
informed me that caddy's were ex- 
cluded from the clubhouse. I said, 
"That's too bad." It didn't faze Tom. 
He looked me square in the eye and 
said, "There is no rule against talcing 
one out." Oh, the clever Irish! 


John A. Dewire 
15 Chester Street, #31 
Cambridge, MA 02140 
(617) 876-1461 

Joseph C. Gallagher retired in 1990 
from the First National Bank of Bos- 
ton as vice president of the Govern- 
ment Relations Department. Joe and 
his wife, Marie, are blessed with four 
children. All four are BC graduates. 
Susan '82 (1999 winner of the BC 
Companion of Justice Award for ser- 
vice to others), Lisa '63, Jay '86 and 
Mark '91 Three have advanced de- 
grees. They are also blessed with 
four granddaughters. Joe and Marie 
relocated from Milton to Falmouth 
Heights in 1995 and they are enjoy- 
ing the good life on Cape Cod. With 
a considerable amount of free time, 
he has come to realize how much a 
Jesuit education has done not only 
for him, but for the other four Eagles 
in his family. • Bill Mulvey's son, 
David, age 52, died two weeks after 
he returned to Battendorf, Iowa from 



our golden eagle reunion. • The 
following classmates attended the 
Flynn Fund Family Barbecue Au- 
gust 11, 2000: Tom Lyons, Tom 
Giblin, John Devvire, Bill Morro, 
Sal Del Prete, Bob Dischino, Bob 
Harwood. •tChester W. Lipka died 
in Stuart, Florida on December 21, 

1999. Anative of Clinton, MA, Chet 
was a staff sargeant in the US Army 
Air Force in WWII. He retired from 
the Western Electric (AT&T) that 
he worked for in North Andover, 
MA and North Miami. He was a 
member of the Polish American 
Veterans and the Disabled Ameri- 
can Veterans of Lowell, MA. survi- 
vors include his wife of fifty years, 
Stasia Lipka of Stuart, FL and two 
sisters: Helen Faber of Tewksbury 
and Bernadette Piekos of Lowell. • 
William C. Hyland died on January 
2 1 , 2000 in Arlington, MA. He was a 
marine corp. veteran of WWII. He 
leaves his wife, Judith, and a son, 
William III, both of Arlington, and 
one brother, Richard, of Spenceville, 
Maryland. • John J. McCafferty of 
Westwood passed away on July 5, 

2000. He was a retired partner of 
Ernst & Young. He leaves his wife, 
Patricia, and four daughters and two 
sons. *Joseph P. McCusker of 
Watertown died on April 24, 2000 at 
his home. He was a US navy veteran 
of WWII. He played for the BC 
1949 national championship hockey 
team. John taught English and His- 
tory at Waltham High School and 
later at Waltham Vocational High 
School. He was a member of the 
ancient order of Hibernians and the 
Pike's Peak Club at BC. He left 6 
sons and 5 daughters, all of whom 
live in Massachusetts, 2 brothers, 
Jerome of Barnstable, MA and James 
of Woodland, CA, a sister, Alice 
Lydon of Wilmington, MA. »Leo J. 
Parente died in Natick on May 18, 
2000. The news of Leo's passing 
reached us at BC during our golden 
eagle weekend He leaves his wife, 
Mafalda, a son, Leo J. Parente, Jr. of 
New York City and I daughter, 
Claudia Frolock, of Cape Elizabeth, 
Maine. He was a retired professor of 
accounting and finance at Simmons 
College and a US army veteran of 
WWII. On behalf of the entire class 
of 1950,1 wish to extend our sincere 
sympathy to the families of these 
departed classmates! 


Ann Fulton Cote 
n Prospect Street 
Winchester, MA 01890 


Robert L. Sullivan 
78 Phillips Brooks Road 
Westwood, MA 02090 
(781) 326-5980 

For the record, I have not been the 
class correspondent for "nearly fifty 
years" as stated in the last issue. The 
sentence should have read as fol- 
lows: "As I've stated in the past, the 
tough part of being the correspon- 
dent for a nearly fifty year class is 
reporting the sad news." Unfortu- 
nately, a printing error occurred and 
several key words were omitted. 
There have been at least two other 
correspondents over the years. Jack 
Casey and Francis Quinn both pre- 
ceded me in the job. • Here's some 
fiftieth reunion news that is hot off 
the press following a committee 
meeting the other day. John Bacon 
has organized a group of volunteers 
including Joe Canney, Bob 
Corcoran, Jack Casey, Jim Derba, 
Maurice Downey, Jim Foley, Tim 
Guinee, Bob Jepsen, Martyjoyce, 
Charley Maher, Ed Quirk, Pat 


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Roche, Ed White and yours truly. 
The planning for the various events 
is falling into place, but we can also 
use more expertise, particularly in 
the preparation of the fiftieth year 
yearbook that Maurice Downey has 
agreed to manage and with Laetare 
Sunday which Tim Guinee will be 
organizing. If you have some exper- 
tise in these areas, drop us a note. By 
the time you read this in December 
we will have had a "game watch" in 
Walsh Hall of the BC - Notre Dame 
game at South Bend on November 
1 1 . The next scheduled event will be 

a Christmas Chorale on Friday, 
December 8, 2000. This will be fol- 
lowed by Laetare Sunday on March 
25, 2001; Alumni Day at the Arts 
Festival on April 28, 2001; a class 
Golf Tournament at the Wayland 
Country Club in mid May; the pos- 
sibility of a Red Sox baseball game 
and the exciting Reunion Weekend 
ofMay 17 -21, 2001. Aformal mail- 
ing regarding all the events will be 
sent to each classmate for whom we 
have an address. Unlike most of the 
other classes that collect dues on a 
regular basis, we have rarely asked 
our classmates for class dues. This 
year, we will be asking each class- 
mate for a one-time $25.00 dues 
payment to help defray some of the 
expense of the fiftieth reunion. • 
Giles Threadgold called me the 
other day to report that despite bad 
knees and other aches and pains, he 
is feeling great and enjoying life on 
Cape Cod. He also offered to help 
with the reunion work in any way he 
could. Giles adds his wit on a weekly 
basis to the local Howie Carr radio 
talk show. He recently got together 
with the 1 949 NCAA Hockey Cham- 
pionship Team, of which he and 
several other '51 classmates (Fran 
Harrington, JackMulhern and Len 
Ceglarski) were members. Also rep- 
resenting '5 1 on that team as man- 
ager was Tom Livingston, who 
unfortunately was killed in action in 
the Korean conflict. After reporting 
in the last issue on the deaths of Gil 
Dempsey and Warren Ridge, I re- 
ceived a nice note from Mrs. 
Dempsey reporting the death of 
Francis E. Cosgrove on May 21, 
2000. Frank, Gil and Warren were 
Business School pals who remained 
close friends for more than fifty years 
and all passed away within several 
months of each other this year. It's 
our sad duty to also report the deaths 
of Gael D'. Coakleyjr. (2/23/00), 
Francis C. Cadigan (3/17/00), Jo- 
seph H. Malloy (4/22/00) and 
George J. Wilson (7/23/99). May 
they rest in peace! 


Edward L. Englert, Jr., Esq. 
128 Colberg Avenue 
Roslindale, MA 02131 
(617) 323-1500 

News and dues keep coming and 
recendy we heard from Joe Quinlan, 
Beatrice Olivieri Ames, Ed Gor- 
don, Bob Quinn, John Irwin, John 
O'Connor, Henry Gailivnos, 
Frank Canning, and Bob Early and 

Phil Mitchell, who are enjoying life 
on Cape Cod, Peter Genovese, 
Ellen Lavin, Moe Miett, Larry 
Durkee and Liz Cronin, who is in 

Rye, New Hampshire. Nick 
Loscocco and Bob Doherty are in 
Florida and Bob Devoid is in 
Brattleboro. Dr. Charlie Carroll 
has retired and is doing grandfa- 
therly things in McLean, Virginia 
while Hohn Kastberg is up in 
Valhalla, New York, and Arthur 
Farley is in Nashua, New Hamp- 
shire. Al Perrault, New Britain, 
Connecticut writes that his sons Al, 
Jimmy and Mark graduated from 
B.C. Nick Gallinaro sent a nice 
note from Homdel, New Jersey stat- 
ing that he has retired and has spent 
time traveling. Tom Cullinan, 
Lynnfield, spends time in Florida. 
Heard from Larry Murrin in W. 
Springfield, who has retired from 
the I.R.S. Larry spends time doing 
tax work when he is not golfing. 
That's par for the course! Received 
a note from Jim Ryan, Brookline, 
who is a professional writer. Jim was 
a reporter and VPI correspondent 
and editor, who also wrote prize 
winning short stories. He was a 
corporate public relations executive 
and is the author of eleven books. 
Jim Kenneally, Al Sexton, Jim 
Mulrooney and Lex Blood were 
among those attending the B .C. Club 
of Cape Cod Grand Annual Lun- 
cheon at Coonamesset Inn in June. • 
Sorry to report the deaths of class- 
mates George Campbell, Walter 
J. Ferrera, Joseph R. McKenna 
and Francis Glynn. George lived 
in Hookset, New Hampshire and 
wintered in Bradenton. He was a 
retired school principal from 
Manachester. Walter lived in East 
Randolph, Vermont, formerly of 
East Boston, Winchester and Ar- 
lington. He owned several super- 
markets in Vermont and Florida. 
Joseph lived in Portland, Maine and 
Sarasota and was former district 
manager of the Social Security Ad- 
ministration in Portland. Franklived 
in Braintree and was a practicing 
attorney in Boston. • The class had 
its spring reunion at the Cranwell 
Resort and Golf Club in Lenox in 
June and a great time was had by all. 
Attending were Rosemary Ahern, 
John Burns, Joe Chisholm, Arthur 
Farley, Jay Hughes, Dick 
McLaughlin, Matthew Towle, 
Dave Murphy, Charlie Sherman, 
Dr. Art Powell, Jack Leary, Bob 
Allen, Lex Blood, Tom Cullinan, 
George Gallant, John Healy, Jim 
Callahan, Jim Kenneally, Frank 
Canning Tom Megan and Roger 
Connor and Kathy, who worked 


hard to make the gathering the en- 
joyable affair it was. • If you looked 
at the calendar lately, you know our 
fiftieth anniversary is just around 
the corner, and Roger has begun 
working on details. A committee 
met recently to formulate plains and 
attending were Bob Allen, Roger, 
Fr. Hugh O'Regan, Frank Dooley, 
Gene Giroux, Jim Kenneally, 
Mary McCabe, Matt Towle, 
Charlie Sherman, Tom Megan, 
Frank McDermott, Al Sexton, Art 
Powell, and Jack Leary. All ideas 
and suggestions are welcome by each 
and every classmate. Please send 
information requested by Frank 
Dooley and George Gallant regard- 
ing the fiftieth yearbook. It is our 
intention to have a full year of activi- 
ties and we urge all classmates to 
participate. When plans have been 
finalized you will be notified; how- 
ever, we are getting an early start 
because the amount of work involved 
and so this will be a great anniver- 
sary year. In the meantime, please 
send the news to me and allow up to 
six months for publication. 


Robert W. Kelly 
586 White Cliffs Drive 
Plymouth, MA 02360 
(508) 888-3550 
Fax: (508) 833-9972 

As I sit here looking back remem- 
bering the great times we've had, at 
anniversaries, class functions, sports 
games and individual activities with 
classmates, sometimes my mind 
starts focusing on the future, let's 
say our fiftieth. It will be on us 
before we know it! • Met up with Bill 
Brooks the other day, and was he 
steaming about my remark "Don't 
call him for Red Sox Tickets" - 
Well!!! Bill says if anyone is looking 
for tickets to Fenway Park, he'll set 
them up with some great ones on the 
fifty yard line. Remember those days? 
I'm surprised he still has some!!! 
What I'm now about to write about 
is so great, so classical, so BC 'S3, it 
has my mind in a dither!!! Roderick 
O'Neil is "alive and kicking" al- 
though Rod was diagnosed with in- 
operable cancer last year, and wasn't 
supposed to see the year 2000, Rod 
is still with us, with a new prognosis 
and chance to hang around a few 
more years, at least till the fiftieth. 
Tells me he received a phone call 
from Tom O'Brien from California 
recently (another classmate name 
from the past).* Before I get off Rod 
- in our communications he asked if 

I was a member of the Fulton Debat- 
ing Society? Rod the answer is no! 
Sorry. However, I was in the Aristo- 
telian Philosophical Society. We met 
every Wednesday afternoon at the 
Stable Bar in Copley Square for 
Dimees, that is, until Black Mack 
surprised us one Wednesday. That 
was a sad day, we lost our charter!! 
But those were the good old days, 
the Copley Marriott rises above the 
old stables now!! What a shame!! • 
Received a long letter from John 
McCauley updating me on his fam- 
ily. I never knew John was into lit- 
erature and poems as he seems to be. 
It seems that the McCauley, head 
the wedding of the year in Newport 
last July. Kate McCauley '92 mar- 
ried Rob Joanis '92 and a triple 
Eagle(that doesn't mean Rob's a lot 
older. Double promotions etc., can 
do that for a person. There were 
forty-two BC alums in attendance, 
not me though! I'm writing this as 
Hear Say! Supposedly it was held at 
Ocean Cliff on Narragansett Bay 
where the Tall Ships passed and sa- 
luted the couple with Cannon Shots 
Broadside! '53 classmates in atten- 
dance were John Toppa, John 
McKinnon and Ed Powers, whose 
daughter Gail sang Give another 
Hoya and a Cho Cho Go Rah. -Major 
General Reginald A Cettnacchio, 
Adjutant General of the Rhode Is- 
land National Guard was there with 
the Fifth Battalion, Infantry and re- 
ported to, you know who, the old 
snoop, that everything went well till 
they ran out of food! Frank 
Stapleton, writes that he retired from 
his position as Vice President of Blue 
Cross Blue Shield of Mass to han- 
dling Real Estate with Hunneman/ 
Caldwell Banker in the Dedham/ 
Westwood area. • Frank and Marie 
lost their oldest son, Michael (oldest 
of six) in January due to surgical 
complications. Their son Michael's 
wife Judy is a graduate of BC nurs- 
ing. • Richard Murphy who some- 
time back was ushered into the ranks 
of our deceased classmates, writes 
it's not so! He also is alive and kick- 
ing and living in Tampa, Florida for 
the past twenty years. He has a son 
and daughter both grads living in 
the Boston Area and visits with them 
several times in the fa!' So,ifyousee 
him at a football game or Cape Cod 
Club Function - stay alive, don't 
drop dead, R. Leo Murphy is still 
with us. In the future before I an- 
nounce any passing of classmates - 
I'll personally call them up so they 
can tell me themselves they are not 
with us. • Sorry for any confusion! • 
Am I still here? Wait I'll call. • Phil 
Natale writes he and his granddaugh- 
ter Jessica hold certain records for 

the class of '5 3.1. First and young- 
est( 1 0-9-32) to have a granddaugh- 
ter graduate from BC "99 • 
2. Likewise to have a granddaugh- 
ter receive a Graduate 
Degree(M.A.) from BC • 3. First 
also to achieve jointly "Quadruple 
Eagle Status. Jess A.B. - M.A. 
Boston College Himself BC High 
& Boston College. • Any Chal- 
lengers? • Finally - Labor Day 
week Mary & I - Joanne & Guy 
spent a wonderful evening-with 
John and Thalia Irwin while they 
were vacationing at the family 
home in Buzzards Bay! We hope 
to do this again, again, again. 


DECEMBER 1,2000 


David F. Pierre 

P.O. Box 72 

Prides Crossing, MA 01965 

(978) 927-1149 

Thanks to Frank Spellman we 
have a great local reunion to re- 
port on: Last June, a "Millennium 
Reunion" was held at Teachers 
Union Hall in Dorchester. Frank 
was the spokesman for the era of 
the fifties. In attendance was Joe 
Doherty, who came in from Ger- 
many, where he is involved in in- 
ter-cultural relations. He is 
married and has two grown daugh- 
ters. A presentation was made to 
the ReverendJohnJ. O'Rourke, 
SSJ, who, along with being a class- 
mate, was captain of the local Park 
League football team. John is in 
the Josephite Order, which is in- 
volved with black communities 
throughout the world. His cur- 
rent address is St. Rose of Lima, 
Post Office Box 126, Cecilia, Loui- 
siana 70521. He'd love to hear 
from some of his classmates. • 
Tom O'Connell, former CEO of 
Mass Safety Council, and for many 
years a freelance writer and au- 
thor of several books, has devel- 
oped his own publishing 
organization, Sanctuary Unlim- 
ited. As an important element of 
his Web site ww.sanctuary777 

.com he recently launched the new 
on-line publication "Lifestyle Jour- 
nal", which is featuring his many 
essays on the addictions, mental 
health, and other health-related in- 
formation. Tom served for many 
years as National Correspondent, 
United States. Journal of Drug & 
Alcohol Dependence; Columnist, 
"On addiction", Cape Cod Times; 
Health & Lifestyle Columnist, Cape 
Cod Journal; and communications 
consultant to hospitals, addiction 
treatment centers, mental health 
clinics, health & human service agen- 
cies. He is an adjunct faculty mem- 
ber at Cape Cod Community College 
where he teaches writing. • On a sad 
note, we learned that Robert 
Coughlin passed away last May. He 
left his wife, Dorothy, and three chil- 
dren. Last June, Dr. henry 
Camerlingo passed away. He left 
his wife, Nancy, and five children. 
He was an orthodontist and a former 
associate professor at Tufts. 


Marie J. Kelleher 
12 Tappan Street 
Melrose, MA 02176 
(781) 665-2669 

The Passion Play at Oberammagau 
seemed to be a favorite destination 
for at least four of our classmates this 
summer. Tom Griffin, John 
O'Connell, Dan Foley, and Jean 
O'Neil all managed to get there at 
various times. John and Dan report 
that they sang Foi' Boston 10,000 feet 
up a mountain in Lucerne. Tom had 
his own version of "It's A Small 
World" while he and his wife Arlene 
were visiting a Greek Orthodox 
church fair back home in Pennsylva- 
nia. While chatting with the pastor, 
Tom mentioned that he had a B.C. 
classmate who was a Greek Ortho- 
dox bishop. Come to find out, this 
priest knew exactly who he meant as 
he and our Bishop John had been 
altar boys together and were long- 
time friends. Barbara Winklhofer 
Wright now has more letters to add 
to her name. She was accepted as a 
Fellow in the American Academy of 
Nursing and can use the initials 
FAAN as part of her title. This is an 
honor which is granted only to those 
who have had a distinguished career 
in nursing and few of those who 
apply are accepted. I think that a 
loud cheer of congratulations should 
be sent her way. Barbara almost 
joined the ranks of the retirees. She 
did retire from her long time career 
in politics, but her reputation is such 



that she was sought out by Seton 
Hall University and was convinced 
to become an associate dean in the 
school of nursing. The students and 
faculty are lucky indeed. The OOPS 
# 1 was in not acknowledging the fact 
that Fr. Frank Strahan had been 
elevated to Monsignor and I should 
have remembered that when I wrote 
about him in the last column. OOPS 
#2, the addition of SJ to Msgr. 
Strahan's and Fr. Stankard's names 
was done by whoever edited the col- 
umn. I indeed do know that on Feb. 
2, 2001, they will celebrate their 
forty-second anniversary as priests 
of the Archdiocese of Boston. Many 
times I hear about classmates or 
members of their families who are 
ill. I also receive calls or notes from 
a spouse about a classmate who is 
away from the church or who has 
died. Throughout our lives, most of 
us have prayed for someone's special 
intention. My thought is perhaps we 
could remember in prayer each day, 
the special intentions of our class- 
mates for surely God will know what 
they are. Sadness has touched the 
families of three of our classmates. 
John McDonnell died on May 7. 
He had been a teacher in the 
Watertown School System before 
he retired. John was also a Marine 
Corps veteran and a member of the 
B.C. Varsity Club. Our sympathy is 
sent to his wife, Mary, and his entire 
family. David G. Flynn joined his 
late wife, Mary, in eternal life on 
June 27. His children and grandchil- 
dren can be assured also of our sym- 
pathy. Less than a year after the 
death of his wife, Kathy, Paul Fallon 
experienced the sudden death of his 
brother, Fr. Francis H. Fallon, SSJ. 
Fr. Frank had been a Josephite for 
over fifty years, serving down south 
especially in Louisiana and Texas. 
Fr. Frank was a member of the class 
of '39. We send caring thoughts to 
Paul and to his family. Because this 
column will arrive just before the 
holiday season, I hope that you and 
you loved ones will be richly blessed 
as you celebrate each one. 


Jane Quigley Hone 
425 Nassau Avenue 
Manhasset, NY 11030 
(516) 627-0973 


Steve Barry 

11 Albamont Road 

Winchester. MA 01890 
(781) 729-6389 

Brian Concannon's son was pic- 
tured on the front page of the Boston 
Globe for his work during the last 
four years, prosecuting the perpe- 
trators of a massacre in Haiti. • Jim 
DiGeronimo Jr. lives 25 Fann Hill 
Road, Leominster, MA 01453 after 
selling his house to his son, the third 
generation taking over the Victory 
Supermarket founded by Jim's fa- 
ther in 1 92 3 . His youngest son is BC 
'88. • E-mail reports: Tony 
Cammarota wanted to contact Joe 
Jepsen about the fiftieth reunion 
for fellow classmates of Boston En- 
glish High School. I sent him the 
address in the last Alumni Direc- 
tory. (Tony's aiming for our 45th in 
May.) Kathleen Donovan Goudie 
has changed her mind about retiring 
and will be teaching Language Arts 
at the Athol-Royalston Middle 
School. Her son, Sean Xavier, was 
married at Vanderbilt University, 
where he and his bride are assistant 
professors in the English depart- 
ment. • John F- Boyle, Jr., writes 
from Randolph that he was ordained 
as a permanent deacon in Septem- 
ber, with a reception at Alumni 
House. John's wife, Pat, their four 
children, and five of his six grand- 
children attended, along with Frank 
Falvey and his wife, Ann. The class 
also included four other BC alumni. 
John has been assigned to a parish in 
Holbrook, where he was to baptize 
his sixth grandchild the day after his 
ordination. Frank Falvey is closing 
his Lexington law practice to take a 
position at the South Middlesex 
Registry of Deeds. • Please remem- 
ber in your prayers these class mem- 
bers and spouses. Gene McCarthy, 
MD, writes from New York Presby- 
terian Hospital that Maureen, his 
wife of forty-one years, died in Sep- 
tember, 1999, after a three-year 
battle with cancer. BC High awarded 
Gene the Ignatian Medal last March. 
Robert P. White of Cambridge died 
last June. As a Jesuit priest, he taught 
at Weston College and BC, and was 
a founder of the Boston Theological 
Institute, an ecumenical coalition of 
seminaries in the Greater Boston 
area. He left the order in 1976 and 
joined a Philadelphia company man- 
aging Penn Central real estate hold- 
ings. In 1982, he became vice 
president of the real estate division 
ofJ.F. White Contracting Company, 
a family firm. Barbara M. Timmins, 
retired Lieutenant Colonel, United 
States Army, died in May at 
Manchester, New Hampshire. After 
twenty-five years in the Army Nurse 

Corps, she was clinical coordinator 


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at Whidden and Quigley Memorial 
Hospitals, and later director of nurs- 
ing for Quigley, the outpatient de- 
partment, and the Soldiers Home in 
Chelsea. Rudolph Satlak's wife, 
Frances, died in May. They had four 
children and one grandchild. Our 
condolences to them and their fami- 
lies. Remember to send in a $25 
check for your dues. • Thanks to 
John Boyle, Kathleen Donovan 
Goudie and Tony Cammarota for 
the correspondence. Who's doing 
what/going where? Your classmates 
and I are interested. 


Patricia Leary Dowling 
39 Woodside Drive 
Milton, MA 02186 


Francis E. Lynch 

27 Arbutus Lane, P.O. Box 1287 

W. Dennis, MA 02670 

(508) 398-5368 

The class fall event, BC vs. Rutgers, 
was held on October 28, 2000. The 
festivities of the day included a post 
game Mass celebrated by our class 
clergy at Gasson Hall with a recep- 
tion before dinner. I will fill you in 
with further details in the next issue 
of the BCM since this column has 
gone to press before hand. 'Joseph 
W. Burke reports that he is now 
retired, and is living in a golf com- 
munity in the Poconos. Joe, and his 

wife have five daughters, and eight 
grandchildren. My early recollec- 
tion of Joe was that he was one of 
many fine golfers that came out of 
Brookline along with Chuck Lynch 
and Bill Heavey.Joe, I hope that you 
will be able to attend our upcoming 
forty-fifth Reunion in May 2002. • 
Paul Chamberlain called me re- 
cently from Bel Air, MD, and re- 
ports that all is well with he, 
Maureen, and his family. • Bill 
Cunningham is the new president 
of the Boston College Alumni Asso- 
ciation. Bill's youngest daughter 
Kara has recently joined the faculty 
of B.C. High teaching social studies. 

• Norma Cacciamani has retired 
from her position at the Mount 
Auburn Hospital in Cambridge after 
thirty years of service. She, and hus- 
band Vin, have travel plans on their 
agenda. • Joseph R. Fahey SJ was 
recently appointed Treasurer of the 
Jesuit Province of New England. 
Good luck to you Joe in your new 
position. • William J. Louis Ph.D. 
is still very involved in art work. Lou 
had a recent show of paintings, po- 
etry, pots, and sculptures at the Kan- 
sas City Clay Guild. Lou mentioned 
that he made his annual pilgrimage 
to Garahandal, Spain during Holy 
Week of this year. • Frank 
McManus just recently returned 
back to the United States. Frank was 
affiliated with Raytheon's Marine 
Division in Portsmouth, England, 
and has relocated to the Nashua, 
New Hampshire area with Raytheon. 
Good to hear that you are back. I 
hope that we will see you at one of 
our upcoming class functions soon. 

• The class extends its condolences, 
and prayers to the families of Ed- 
ward M. Burns who passed away in 
June, and Edward R. Masters who 
died on April 20, 2000 in Kittering, 
Ohio. Ed Burns was a former presi- 
dent of the Greater Boston Real 
Estate Board. Ed Masters was a " 
Double Eagle, " and had been blind 
since 1995 from the debilitating ef- 
fects of diabetes. The class was also 
saddened to learn of the death of 
Rev. Arthur A. MacGillivray SJ on 
September 1, 2000. As freshmen, 
many of us experienced his brilliance 
in the classroom. One of prerequi- 
sites was that we had to learn all the 
verses oft "Hound of Heaven." One 
would never know when you might 
be called on to recite some of the 
lines of Francis Thompson's poem. 
Fr. MacGillivray was one of the best 
professors that Boston College had 
to offer in our day. He taught us not 
only how to study, but he made men 
out of boys. • Class dues in the 
amount of $25 for the 2000-2001 
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Marjorie L McLaughlin 
139 Parker Road 
Needham, MA 02494 
{781) 444-7252 


David A. Rafferty, jr. 

2296 Ashton Oaks Lane, #101 

Stonebndge Country Club 

Naples, FL 34109 

(941) 596-0290 


Sheila Hurley Canty 

P.O. Box 386 

North Falmouth, MA 02556-0386 


Frank Martin 

6 Sawyer Road 

Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 

(781) 237-2131 

Thanks again for all your notes and 
e-mail. There is a lot happening in 
our lives even as many are in retire- 
ment or contemplating it soon. Pete 
Delmonico has retired to Stow and 
spends much of his time golfing with 

his sons. Frank Smith received the 
Alumni Award of Excellence for his 
work in Education. Congratulations 
Frank. Ken Kiely writes from Louis- 
ville of his children, grandchildren, 
and the Kentucky Derby. Ken is 
active in the insurance business and 
his photography hobby. Dick 
Whelan writes from Windham, 
N.H. to Section iG'i (A&S) class- 
mates that he is relaxing in N.H. 
before he and Barbara begin exten- 
sive travel. Charlie Battaglia and 
Grace are living in Alexandria. 
Charlie has retired twice, once from 
the Navy and in February from the 
U.S. Senate where he had worked as 
a National Security Advisor and Staff 
Director of the Senate Select Com- 
mittee on Intelligence. Does this 
mean that he knows what really 
brought down the Berlin Wall? 
Their three children have graduated 
from B.C. and are having children of 
their own. Bob Coyne and Kathy are 
enjoying retirement in Hollis, N.H. 
and their two children live in 
Marblehead and Kirkland Washing- 
ton. John Keegan, SJ is President of 
Cheverus High in Portland, Maine 
where this Jesuit High School is ad- 
mitting young women for the first 
time. John Reardon has been retired 
since 1993 and lives in Old Lyme, 
CT and Marco Island. John is a 
member of the SW Florida B.C. 
Alumni Club and recently played in 
the B.C./Doug Flutie Autistic Child 
Golf Tournament. John doesn't tell 
us how he scored. He has seen Bill 
Romero and John Coney occasion- 
ally . John thinks we should set up an 
email network. That is a good idea 
and I think that John should orga- 
nize it. You can reach him at Tim Cronin 
retired this summer from Hambrecht 
and Quist and will spend more time 
with his two grandchildren. Leona 
Donavan Magnarelli has lived in 
Hingham for thirty six years and is 
in her thirtieth year as a language 
arts and literacy consultant in the 
Hingham Public Schools. 


Maryjane Mulvanity Casey 
28 Briarwood Drive 
Taunton, MA 02780 
(508) 823-1188 


Joseph R. Carty 
253 River Street 
Norwell, MA 02061 

Recent deaths of our classmates who 
are to remembered in your prayers. 
William Dane of Quincy passed 
away in March after a long illness. 
Ralph Shea of Falmouth, a real es- 
tate developer passed away in July. 
Condolences to their families. Al 
Hyland reports that all of his daugh- 
ters are married. To keep busy Al 
does some consulting and commu- 
nity ventures. Mary Powell Hyland 
living in Centerville has recently 
retired from full time nursing and 
now works part time. Bob Regan is 
still teaching in Cambridge. Mar- 
ried late and has two young sons. 
Dan Sughrue working as a private 
eye in Concord, New Hampshire. 
Joan Tuberosa Wagstaff writes 
from Wellesley where she enjoys 
working in her home studio on oil 
and pastel paintings. She has won 
many awards on realistic and im- 
pressionistic paintings. Jack 
Matthews established the JOHN 



DECEMBER 1,2000 

in 1993. This award is made annu- 
ally to a graduate of Trinity Catholic 
High School in Newton. He was in 
real estate and insurance and sold 
that business a few years ago. He is 
now one of the owners of the Char- 
ter Bank in Waltham. Jack Falvey 
who writes for the Union Leader in 
New Hampshire sailed on the LTSS 
John Kennedy from New York to 
Boston as part of the Sail Boston 
2000. Related it was a thrill of a 
lifetime. Jack was involved with the 
local high school band that played 
on the deck of Bigjohn. Jack has also 
started a dot com called which is 
used for daily sales training and is 
free forever. Mail me a note. 


Patricia McCarthy Dorsey 
53 Clarke Road 
Needham, MA 02492 
(781) 235-3752 

Robert W. Sullivan, )r. 

P.O. Box 1966/484 Pleasant Street 

Brockton, MA 02303 

(508) 588-1966 

Fax: (508) 584-8576 

Two of our classmates have been 
formally honored by the BC Alumni 
Association for Excelence: Tom 
Martin and Dave Plante. It's my 
pleasure to quote a passage from 
each award. • "Commerce: Thomas 
J .Martin, Founder, President and 
Chief Economic Officer, Cramer 
Productions, Incorporated. Chris- 
tian gentleman, devoted family man, 
loyal alumnus and accomplished 
chief executive admired for his work 
ethic, discipline and unflagging en- 
thusiasm for competition, he per- 
forms in the commercial arena with 
the passion, skill and grace that 
earned a collegiate hockey phenom- 
enon Al Star, Olympic and Hall of 
Fame honors." "Arts and Humani- 
ties: David R Plante, Writer and 
Professor of Writing at Columbia 
University. A deep-rooted belief that 
'without grace, a novel is entirely 
without meaning' illuminates the 
distinguished literary career which 
has captured honors and critical 
praise, earned him Writer-in Resi- 
dence posts at American, Canadian, 
British and Russian universities, and 
won him a wide reputation as the 
finest fiction writer Boston College 
ever graduated." • Tom Martin has 
also taken on the responsibility of 
chairing the gifting committee for 
our class's fortieth. He asked me to 
convey to the readers of this column 
that we seek 100% participation. BC 
has done very well in recent years 
but still ranks poorly when mea- 
sured by financial participation of 
alumni; so it follows that each of us 
needs to do whatever is possible- 
every commitment is a positive and 
welcome one. 'George Downey 
sent me a copy of the thank you he 
got for our class's support of Second 
Helping. • Ron Alcott wrote to say 
he's still working and enjoying his 
affiliation with MONY. He and 
Maureen recently celebrated their 
thirty-eighth. • Pete Mullen sends 
greetings from South Bend where 
he's Chairman of the Chamber of 
Commerce when not earning his 
keep in the building supply business. 
Mary Lou (Newton '64) works at St. 
Mary's College. Their oldest son is 
an emergency room physician at 
Stanford, daughter Tracy, BC '95, is 


an investment banker and Brendan 
was doing the place kicking for West 
Point. Peter and Mary also do a lot 
of interviewing for BC in the South 
Bend area. • Our condolences to the 
Brennan family on the death of Paul's 
mother, Agnes. We have also lost 
Mary Lamer who spent much of 
her life as a nurse in the Boston 
school system. In addition, Sister 
Ann Mahoney, who was a member 
of our class in the School of Nursing 
while living her commitment as a 
Sister of Providence, has passed 
away. For these and all our deceased 
classmates and their families we pray 
in faith. • There's a lot being planned 
for the coming year including a 
Christmas Chorale, Laetare Sunday, 
"Fiddler on the Roof and reunion 
weekend; watch your mail and try to 
participate. • Please keep the notes 
coming; without you there is no col- 
umn. God speed to all. 

61 N 

Mary Kane Sullivan 
35 Hundreds Road 
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 
(781) 235-1777 


Richard N. Hart, Jr. 
5 Amber Road 
Hingham, MA 02043 
(781) 749-3918 


Mary Ann Brennan Keyes 
94 Abbott Road 
Wellesley, MA 02481 
(781) 235-6226 


Dianne M. Duffin-Stanley 
6 Hanover Street 
Newbury, MA 01951 
(978) 465-0857 
business: (781) 329-3200 

Sorry for the absence everyone. But, 
I've made a few changes in my life 
which no sane, middle-aged person 
would attempt, let alone all together. 
First, I got married (to the great 
relief of my three adult sons who 

now figure I'm someone else's 
worry). Then, I moved (major up- 
heaval, especially finally tossing 
books from college). At the same 
time, I changed jobs to head up the 
renaming/ rebranding of the com- 
pany. It worked so well that a big 
corporate suitor came calling and 
now, I'm on the transition team over- 
seeing the communications aspects 
of our acquisition (which entails an- 
other renaming/ rebranding effort)! 
I'm still confused about what my 
name is, where I live, and the name 
of the company I work for. So you'll 
forgive an aging fellow classmate for 
not keeping up with column dead- 
lines and any ramblings that may 
follow. "On the saner, more stable 
side of life, I heard from Ed J. Quirk, 
Jr. (W est Haven, CT) who decided 
that "after thirty-six years it's time 
to bring folks up to date." (Hope 
more ofyou realize that.) Ed, for the 
past three decades, has been teach- 
ing sixth, seventh, eighth and third 
grades in various West Haven 
schools. Currently, he is in charge of 
the behavior modification program 
at a local junior high. Happily mar- 
ried for thirty-four years, he says he 
is not yet ready to retire as he truly 
loves what he does. Apparently, his 
example has inspired two of his three 
daughters to follow him into teach- 
ing while his youngest is a college 
junior majoring in communications. 
Sadly, he lost his adult son six years 
ago. Ed hasn't been back for any of 
our reunions but says he is consider- 
ing coming to our fortieth, espe- 
cially if there were some separate 
events for each of the schools. 
Sounds like an interesting sugges- 
tion. How many agree? Let me know 
and I'll pass the word along. *tjack 
McGann doesn't think we should 
wait for reunions to get together. He 
would like to see more informal gath- 
erings. I would, too. Any ideas?? 
Jack also wants everyone to know 
that he is still practicing law in 
Fairfax, Virginia and I'm sure would 
be glad to hear from any ofyou when 
you're in his vicinity (703/3 52-5949). 
i If you happen to be looking for a 
great place to stay north of Boston, 
check out The Salem Inn run by 
Diane (Glennon) Pabich and her 
husband, Richard. Listed on the 
National Register of Historic Places, 
the Inn is comprised of three im- 
pressive, historic buildings, The 
West House (c.1834), The Curwen 
House (c.1854) and the Peabody 
House (c. 1 874). You can get a look 
at some of their wonderful guest 
rooms by going to their Web site One final word to 
all of you who haven't sent in up- 
dates: What are you waiting for?! 

63 n 

Marie Craigin Wilson 
2701 Treasure Lane 
Naples, FL 34102 


Maureen Gallagher Costello 
42 Doncaster Street 
Roslindale, MA 02131 
(617) 323-4652 



Priscilla Weinlandt Lamb 
125 Elizabeth Road 
New Rochelle, NY 10804-3106 
(914) 636-0214 


Patricia McNulty Harte 
6 Everett Avenue 
Winchester, MA 01890 


Have you recently moved, changed 
jobs or gotten married? Call us to 
update your record so we can keep 
you up-to-date on friends, class- 
mates and BC happenings. You can 
call (617) 552-3440 to change your 
record by phone, fax {617) 552-0077, 
e-mail at e-mail, 
or drop a postcard to Boston Col- 
lege Information Services, More 
Hall 220, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. 

Don't forget to log on to:! 

There is no news to report. I will 
give you my e-mail address if that 
would make it easier for classmates 
to send in information. It is . 


Linda Crimmins 
RR 1 Box 1396 
Stroudsburg, PA 18360 

Robert M. Ford 
22 Robbins Road 
Watertown, MA 02472-3449 

(617) 923-4823 2. ma. us 

There is the sad and disturbing news 
of the untimely and violent death of 
Monsignor Thomas M. Wells 

(A&S), pastor of Mother Seton 
Catholic Church in Germantown, 
Montgomery County, Maryland. He 
was murdered in the church rectory 
overnight on June 7-8, 2000. Tom 
was a native of Washington D.C. 
and grew up in Chevy Chase. He 
graduated from St. John College 
High School in Northwest Wash- 
ington before joining us at B.C. He 
was an English major who went on 
to attend Christ the King Seminary 
in St. Bonaventure, New York, and 
he was ordained in 1971. Father 
Wells was named a monsignor in 
1 99 1 , when he was pastor of St. Mark 
in Hyattsville, and he became pastor 
of Our Lady of Lourdes in Bethesda. 
In January of 1 999 he became pastor 
of Mother Seton. Services were at- 
tended by about 2,000 family mem- 
bers, friends, and parishioners, 
including 250 clergymen. Cardinal 
James Hickey, Archbishop of Wash- 
ington, remembered our classmate 
as "...a man of deep faith, great fidel- 
ity, and loving dedication". Tom 
Wells, deceased at age 56, touched 
the lives of so many in a positive and 
unselfish way. - Many of us have not 
been aware of the passing of Paula 
(Corbett) Fedele (ED) last year on 
June 5, 1999. Paula and her hus- 
band, John E. Fedele (A&S '65) 
raised three daughters. Laura Riccio 
is now an attorney working in John's 
office, Joanna Fedele is an account 
representative at State Street Bank, 
and Alicia Fedele is a 2000 graduate 
of University of Massachusetts, 
Amherst. The Fedele homestead is 
in Westwood, Massachusetts. Paula 
lived to see the birth of her first 
grandchild, Robert Fedele Riccio, 
two months before her death. - From 
'across the pond' we the greetings of 
Christopher P. Deering (CSOM), 
who recalls his days in CBA with Bill 
Hurley and Dick Syron and looks 
forward to our upcoming thirty-fifth 
reunion in 2001. He has been 
bummed that he missed the twenty- 
fifth, but reports that sometimes 
there are B.C. events in London. 
Chris Deering is running the SONY 
PlayStation business Europe, Rus- 
sia, Eastern Europe, Middle East, 
Africa, Australia, and New Zealand 
with many separate companies han- 



dling sales in these areas. There are 
about 500 employees in his division 
involved in overseeing the process, 
writing computer games, and devel- 
oping marketing strategies. Chris is 
living in London, but had the op- 
portunity to see the latest changes to 
the B.C. campus about a year ago 
when his eighteen-year-old son was 
checking out universities in the 
United States. With the construc- 
tion and congestion, it reminded him 
of Northeastern in 1968. 1 must say 
that he is very perceptive. The 
'progress' is often hard to appreci- 
ate, but I must admit that there are 
still plenty of locations that can take 
us back to our days on campus. 


Have you recently moved, changed 
jobs or gotten married? Call us to 
update your record so we can keep 
you up-to-date on friends, class- 
mates and BC happenings. You can 
call (617) 552-3440 to change your 
record by phone, fax (617) 552-0077, 
e-mail at e-mail, 
or drop a postcard to Boston Col- 
lege Information Services, More 
Hall 220, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. 

Don't forget to log on to:! 


Catherine Beyer Hurst 
49 Lincoln Street 
Cambridge, MA 02141 
(617) 497-4924 
fax: (617) 441-6254 

Congratulations to Barbara Childs 
Dwyer who's joined the ranks of 
grandparenthood. Barbara and Joan 
Candee Collins and their respec- 
tive partners vacationed in London 
earlier this year — by all accounts, it 
was a great trip! • Nicole Hatoun 
reports that her New Year's Day was 
a day to remember. She got two 
calls — one from Adnan Khashoggi 
offering her the exclusive to sell his 

multi-million dollar condo on Fifth 
Avenue, and the other from her 
daughter in Florida announcing her 
engagement to her high school 
sweetheart. At this writing, Nicole 
was thinking of attending a reunion 
in Cairo this past October for the 
bicentennial celebration of the open- 
ing of the Sacred Heart School she 
attended there. It was being orga- 
nized by a friend of Nicole's, Mona 
Latif-Ghattas, who wrote a book on 
her year in the school, titled Les 
Filles de Sophie Barat. (By the way, 
Nicole had sold Khashoggi's condo 
by early March!) • Our thirty-fifth 
reunion will be held May 18-20 — 
please plan to attend! Most of you 
have come to at least one reunion in 
the past, so I urge you to return for 
a wonderful weekend with a great 
group of women. Watch your mail 
for more information. 


Charles and Mary-Anne Benedict 

84 Rockland Place 

Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464 

Barry Mawn has been promoted 
from special agent-in-charge of the 
Boston Office of the Federal Bureau 
of Investigation to assistant direc- 
tor-in-charge of the New York Of- 
fice. Barry is now living on the upper 
east side. This writer goofed, and 
misplaced a note from Bob 
St. Germain who very graciously in- 
vited classmates to join him at his 
annual party/charity event on 
Martha's Vineyard, in East Chop. 
Hopefully Bob will extend the invi- 
tation again next year and we will get 
it out in time for all to make plans if 
you wish to join in the festivities and 
for a good cause. Bob lives in Dover 
during the winter months. Under 
the long-time-no-hear-from cat- 
egory is a note from Paul Hughes, 
who has now earned tenure at Sussex 
County Community College in 
Trenton, NJ. Paul currently lives in 
Sporto, NJ with his wife Elizabeth 
and invites any Eagles "balding or 
otherwise" (his words) to visit his 
aerie high above Lake Mohawk. Brad 
Bigham hosted the sixth annual con- 
vocation of the "Nineteenth of April 
Fraternity" at his home in Concord, 
Massachusetts. Brad was honored 
earlier when British author Vincent 
J-R Kehoe dedicated his book "The 
British Story of the Battle of Lexing- 
ton and Concord on the Nineteenth 
of April 1775" to Brad. Brad was 
invited to attend the opening of the 

Newton College alumnae and friends gathered at Alumni 
House on Tuesday, November 14, for a reception and 
lecture by Rev. James Keenan, SJ. Father Keenan is a 
professor of ethics and moral theology at the Weston 
School of Theology. Father is an expert on health issues 
and ethics. The Newton College Book Club met on 
November 15th and discussed Daughter of Famine by 
Isabel Allende. The next meeting is scheduled for Tues- 
day, January 9 at Alumni House. Save the date - Reunion 
2001 is scheduled for May 18-20, 2001. Members of the 
classes of 1956, 1961, 1966 and 1971, please watch your 
mail for special reunion mailings. Please advise the Alumni 
Association or your class secretary if you are aware of any 
Newton College alumnae deaths. We would like to notify 
classmates, and offer condolences from our Alumnae Asso- 
ciation. Obviously, a timely notice is important, so that we 
can send a representative to the wake or funeral. A new 
alumni directory is nearing completion, and we can expect 
theBC online community to be up by January 2 001. Let's 
stay connected! Drop your class secretary an email note 
and let her know your address and news. Finally, don't 
forget the retired Religious of the Sacred Heart, many of 
whom are living at the Kenwood Community in Albany, 
New York. These dedicated women would love to hear 
from you. The address is Convent of the Sacred Heart, 799 
South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 20017. 

Lincolnshire Life Museum in Lin- 
coln England where he met HRH 
Prince Andrew. Mike Ryan, has 
been appointed to the Historical 
Commission in the town of Con- 
cord, Mike was the leading force in 
the discovery this year of the site of 
the grave of the "third" British sol- 
diers' grave near the bridge at Con- 
cord. This significance is that the 
first two graves were known at the 
time, however the third was "lost" 
until Mike researched it and discov- 
ered its location this year after two 
hundred twenty five years. The sol- 
dier was shot at the North Bridge 
and carried to Monument Square, 
where he died. It was great to see 
Mike at the wedding of classmate 
Marty Paul who married his long 
time squeeze, Joyce Caron. Their 
reception was held at the Fuller Mu- 
seum in Brockton. Also attended the 
wedding of Diana Butters "92" 

daughter of Cindy(Rae) and Alan 
Butters of Westwood. By the time 
you read this we will also have at- 
tended the wedding of Sarah Pirolli, 
daughter of Mike and Judy (Shea) 
Pirolli of Newton. Paul (66) and 
Denise (Roberto) Delaney are new 
grandparents. Had a great conversa- 
tion with Ron Logue at a reception 
at the BC Club. We will be planning 
our annual BC ice hockey game, 
which will take place in January 2 00 1 , 
date to be announced. Start thinking 
about our thirty-fifth Reunion which 
starts a year of activity right after 
commencement in May 2001. Be 
prepared! Keep spreading the news. 



M. Adrienne Tarr Free 
3627 Great Laurel Lane 
Fairfax, VA 22033-1212 

NC '67 is alive and well. ..and busy 
according to the recent messages 
sent my way. • Gini Saviano Ayling 
is still living in Tulsa and relishing 
her new role as a grandmother; actu- 
ally her grandson is already over a 
year old. • She and Mike travel quite 
a bit due to their online Internet 
business, but they haven't made it to 
New England. (Gini is already think- 
ing about returning for our thirty- 
fifth though.) Mike also has an 
executive recruitment business for 
the oil industry, so they have a full 
life. Another one of our class travel- 
ers this past summer was Faith 
Brouiillard Hughes. The post card 
was postmarked from Budapest, 
Hungary, but depicted a scene from 
Istanbul, Turkey. Someday soon we 
expect all the details of your adven- 
tures, Faith. Anyone else have a 
recent grand adventure you want to 
share? • Deborah Carr is still on 
Cape Cod writing for local maga- 
zines and journals, especially on the 
arts. Noreen Connolly is settled in 
GlenRidge, NJ with three handsome 
boys to keep her busy. • Nancy 
Birdsall changed jobs a couple of 
years ago to work in a DC think tank 
doing writing and research. Eldest 
daughter is out in CO teaching, rock 
climbing and enjoying the outdoors; 
second daughter just entered 
college. ..well-rounded and brilliant, 
according to Mom; son is a talented 
pianist winning competitions and 
even playing in Carnegie Hall, as 
well as playing very competitive soc- 
cer. Nancy and husband, David, are 
in the process of building a house in 
Vermont where the construction will 
be done by Kent Webster, husband 
of Patty Lawlor Webster. The 
Websters love their life in the Green 
Mountain State. The Cape Cod 
Museum of Fine Arts Media in Mo- 
tion program presented a show in 
mid-July which included a piece by 
Suzanne Kuffler.: To quote their 


DECEMBER 1, 2000 

promotion piece... the work "focuses 
on the creator's concept of 'com- 
mon humanity'" and "shows how 
the human spirit can survive even 
die most testing events." Did any of 
you Cape folks get to see it • Many 
thanks to those of you who have 
shared the latest from yourself and 
your friends. I have just returned 
from a family reunion where we col- 
lected email addresses from the 
twenty families who attended in an 
attempt to continue the bonding 
experience we had. In the year since 
I began working on this column I 
haven't been so fortunate in hearing 
from a good number of you. Even if 
you do not have an email to send, a 
post-holiday note some day when 
you New Englanders are snowed in 
would help us stay in touch. Just let 
me know what's up. We all know 
Josie Higgins Rideg had a family 
summer wedding.. ."tiring but won- 
derful" was the report. Was there 
anyone else? I look forward to hear- 
ing from others of you soon. Mean- 
while, God bless you all through this 
winter season. 


Judith Anderson Day 
The Brentwood 323 
11500 San Vicente Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90049 
(310) 442-2613 
fax: (310) 207-4158 

Recently we received a delightfully 
"newsy" e-mail from our old friends 
Nancy (Needham) and her husband 
Richard Burns. In our 'once upon a 
time' student days, Nancy and my 
husband Jim worked together at the 
Wellesley Hills Post Office. The 
Burnses have lived in Derry, NH for 
twenty-six years, where Nancy is a 
second grade teacher and Richard 
works for the Defense Department. 
They have three children. Their old- 
est, Brenda, is married and works as 
an accountant. She is a graduate of 
the Whittemore School of Univer- 
sity of New Hampshire . Their son 
Richard, a senior film major at 
Emerson College, is interning his 
fall semester at a film studio in Los 
Angeles. In the wonderful irony of 
history repeating itself, young Rich- 
ard spent his second summer work- 
ing for the United States Post Office. 
Their youngest, Maureen, sixteen, 
is president of her senior class at 
Pinkerton Academy where she is an 
All-State field hockey player. She 
also plays lacrosse and basketball. 
Nancy's brother, our classmate Dan 

Needham was recently honored for 
his many years of service as Director 
of Special Education for the 
Norwood, MA schools. In addition, 
our classmate Ed Nazzaro presented 
for proclamation from Boston Mayor 
Tom Menino of "Dan Needham 
Day" in recognition of his work at 
Campjoy for special needs children. 
Dan and his wife Jean have four 
sons. A gold star and sincere thanks 
to Nancy for sharing this happy news 
with our classmates... Robert 
Gardella is Assistant Director of 
Alumni Career Services at Harvard 
Business School. He has recently 
published "The Harvard Business 
School Guide to Finding Your Next 
Job." This comprehensive yet con- 
cise guide draws on Bob's extensive 
experiences as an outplacement spe- 
cialist, job-search counselor, and 
career consultant, and emphasizes 
that the job search process must be 
modified to fit each person's unique 
needs... Again we shout from the 
rooftops the greatest news that Jim 
and I have been blessed with our 
second gorgeous little granddaugh- 
ter! Our beautiful little Catherine 
Anne was born the first day of sum- 
mer, June 2 1 , in Dallas, to our oldest 
son Paul (BC '90) and his lovely wife 
Paula. Catherine has lots of dark 
curly hair, and holds our heartstrings 
in her beautiful little hands! Her 
cousin Zoe celebrated her first birth- 
day October 25 with her parents 
Christopher and Elizabeth (both BC 
'93) in San Francisco. The happiest 
of Happy Days!!! 


Kathleen Hastings Miller 
8 Brookline Road 
Scarsdale, NY 10583 

(9M) 723-9241 


James R. Littleton 
39 Dale Street 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 
(617) 964-6966 
fax: (617) 964-8431 

Frank Fish was selected recently as 
Fellows of the American Institute of 
Certified Planners. Frank was hon- 
ored in recognition for his achieve- 
ment in the field of urban and rural 
planning at a ceremony in New York 
City during the 2000 National Plan- 
ning Conference. Frank is a founding 

principal of Buckhurst, Fish and 
Jacquemart, a planning and consult- 
ing firm in New York and an adjunct 
facutly at New York University. Barry 
Gallup was named Assistant Ath- 
letic Director for Football Opera- 
tions at Boston College. Barry had 
previously been head football coach 
at Northeastern University. As we 
head into winter please take the time 
to write or e-mail me and let me 
know what is new with you. I hate 
having empty columns, however, I 
can not invent the news, I need your 
help. I will look forward to hearing 
from you. 


Mary Gabel Costello 
4507 Swan Lake Drive 
Copley, OH 44321-1167 
fax: (330) 666-6170 

SURPRISE!!! Yes, there is some 
news from our class. We are alive 
and still kicking. Actually, some of 
us are working and playing really 
hard. I want to thank PAT KENNY 
SEREMET for being our class cor- 
respondent for the past several years. 
What a tough job soliciting news! 
Pat continues to write forThe Hart- 
ford Courant. Her column is called 
"Java" and it's a mixture of national 
celebrity news and local people in 
the news. After years of covering 
business, and knowing Allan 
Greenspan's comings and goings, 
she now has to be hip to rap singer 
Eminem and Dr. Dre. The last time 
I saw Pat we were both searching for 
bargains at Marshalls in Avon, CT. 
Now, that was a while ago, but I still 
remember stopping to chat. Do you, 
Pat? But now I am in Akron, OH. 
Being here has not kept me from 
seeing some our your classmates. A 
recent rendezvous in Michigan 
brought several of us together. We 
had great fun and relaxation. We 
walked the shores of Lake Huron. 
We discussed two books we had read, 
The Prophetess by B. Wood and 
The Blue Bottle Club by P. Stokes. 
We tasted different wines and fin- 
ished them. We left each other with 
thoughts of next summer's reunion. 
As a result I decided to try to resur- 
rect our class. I know all of you still 
have a life!!! Let's hear about it. I 
will be sending postcards a few at a 
time soliciting news. Just jot down 
some news and mail it back to me. 
Hopefully, we'll be alive again. Of 
course, you can e-mail me (please 
identify yourself in the "subject" 



box). So this is the news that I've 
gathered about YOU, the gradu- 
ates of Newton College, class of 
1969. DEBORAH 

DONOVAN, after several years 
in New York State is now the 
director of sales/marketing for 
the Mystic, CT Tourism Bu- 
reau. She has been in the tour- 
ism industry since graduation. 
She's focused!!! I am writing 
this column on her birthday. So, 
Debbie you know how much in 
advance this is written. 
arrived at my house last year. It 
was part of the Boston College 
viewbook for high school stu- 
dents interested in applying to 
Boston College. (My son, Dan, 
applied and was accepted, but 
chose to attend Miami Univer- 
sity in Ohio.) Cornelia is the 
first female head of the Boston 
Latin School. Nice job, 
Cornelia!!! POLLY GLYNN 
KERRIGAN continues to be 
the director of Catholic Chari- 
ties in Yonkers, NY. She is a 
practicing psychotherapist. She 
brings her expertise to work each 
day as she listens to her clients 
and helps them sort out their 
lives. A rewarding job, don't 
you think? Polly's two daugh- 
ters have both graduated from 
college. Amy from Trinity(CT) 
and Kate from Brown. Both live 
and work in NYC. The Brown 
tradition continues as CAROL 
son, Richard, will be playing 
football there as a freshman this 
year. Her other son, Vincent Jr, 
is a senior at Harvard. Carol lives 
by the water in Annapolis. She 
keeps busy by reading, garden- 
ing and fixing up a newly pur- 
chased older home. PAM 
DELEO DELANEY is the ex- 
ecutive director of the NY Po- 
lice Foundation, a charitable 
organization. She recently re- 
turned from a week long trip to 
Italy where she attended a semi- 
nar related to her position. She 
belongs to two book clubs and 
keeps attuned to the politics of 
New York State and NYC. Her 
son, Carroll III, attends Hobart- 
Smith College. MARY 
CARROLL (Bebe) lives and 
works in NYC, also. She is the 
director of public relations for 
Estee Lauder cosmetics. 
WOW!!! She and her husband 
Fred recently adopted a baby 
boy from Russia. Congratula- 
tions to all of them. SUSAN 
vides her time between Belmont, 

MA and the Cape. When she's in 
Boston she works as the head of 
Human Relations for the O'Hare 
Company, a food distributor. Her 
three children have also graduated 
from college. Eddie Jr. graduated 
from Babson and works in Jackson- 
ville, FL for a computer company. 
Mary finished at Harvard and works 
in NYC for the College Board and 
Tim just finished BC. Susan was 
elected to the Alumni board as a 
director. Congratulations!!! She 
faithfully attends Newton College 
functions in the Boston area. Con- 
dolences are offered to her on the 
death of her mother this year. She 
was a great lady. Susan keeps in con- 
tact with JOANNE McMORROW 
STRUZZIERY (our class pres) who 
is a psychologist in Boston. I saw 
loanne last summer and she looks 
who also looks wonderful (I saw her 
on a recent trip to Boston, too) lives 
in Wellesley and has returned to 
teaching in the Boston City Schools. 
Her daughter, Lindsay will attend 
Bates College this year. PAULA 
FISHER PATERSON lives in the 
thumb of Michigan. She divides her 
time between Michigan and Chi- 
cago because three of her four sons 
live or go to school in Chicago. Neil 
graduated from Stanford and the U 
of Michigan law school and prac- 
tices computer law. Stephen gradu- 
ated from U of M and works at the 
Commodities Exchange. JP con- 
tinues at U of M, and Clark is a 
freshman at Loyola University. 
Paula does a lot of reading and she 
continues to be in charge of the 
Picture Parent program at the local 
elementary school. She and her vol- 
unteers bring art into the classroom. 
livesinBoxford,MA. She is a physi- 
cal education teacher in the Reading 
Schools. She claims she just has too 
much fun each day and she doesn't 
consider it a job. When she's not 
"working" she's likely to be found 
on a basketball court, soccer or la- 
crosse field. She's your favorite "ref." 
She travels and does college games. 
Four of her five children have fin- 
ished college. Kendall graduated 
from the University of New Hamp- 
shire and works as an occupational 
therapist in Philadelphia. She 
coaches an AAU girls basketball team 
which finished third in the nation at 
the Florida nationals (Jill was her 
assistant coach that week). Erin 
who went to Skidmore is married 
and lives in Belmont. Jen and Blaire 
both graduated from Cornell where 
they excelled in soccer. Jen works in 
NYC and Blaire is looking to move 

there, too. Conor is a sophomore at 
U PENN. Guess they all studied!!! 
realtor in Greenwich, CT. Her five 
children are all grown. Will, the 
youngest, attends BC. Remember 
him in your prayers as he was re- 
cently involved in a serious car acci- 
dent. And for me... I just returned 
from a trip to London and Paris 
with my family. I'm still in awe. The 
paintings at the Musee d'Orsay were 
magnificent. I, like Paula, did Pic- 
ture Parent for several years when I 
lived in Columbus, OH. I've always 
seen the paintings in books and to 
finally see them in real.... WOW!!! 
It's worth a trip. In addition to my 



DECEMBER 1,2000 

son at Miami I have a daughter, 
Meghan, who is a junior at Walsh 
Jesuit High School here in the Ak- 
ron area. I spend my time subbing in 
the local school system, reading and 
painting with watercolors. I close by 
asking you to send me news of any 
kind. If my 93 year old father can e- 
mail me, I know you can!!! TAKE 
CARE and remember each of YOU 
is special in YOUR own way!!! Tell 
us about it. We're readers and lis- 
teners. Till next issue. 


Norman G. Cavallaro 

c/o North Cove Outfitters 

75 Main Street 

Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2301 

(860) 388-6585 


Andrea Moore Johnson 

43 Pine Ridge Road 

Wellesley Hills, MA 02481-1623 

(781) 237-0667 

Robert F. Maguire 
46 Plain Road 
Wayland, MA 01778 
(508) 358-4393 
fax: (781) 893-7125 

Our reunion committee met in Au- 
gust under the direction of Class 
President Edward Saunders, Esq. 
A schedule of activities was planned 
by Helen Walsh McKusker, James 
Devaney and Chris Gorgone that 
will culminate in our thirtieth Re- 
union Weekend (5/18-20, 2001). 
Return to campus; you will not be 
disappointed! Also remember to 
keep our Class Treasurer Charlie 
Earley, busy with class dues remit- 
tances. Bob and Andrea Foley have 
agreed to co-chair our class gift. I am 
sure you will be hearing from them. 
Ask Bob about his new position with 
the ITFactory in Cambridge, Mas- 
sachusetts. If you misplaced the 
mailings our contact at the alumni 
office is Lynne Vellante at 617-552- 
4757. You can also reach me through 
the numbers above. • At the reunion 
meeting we learned that Joseph E. 
Rull has been named the assistant 
superintendent of schools in 
Weymouth. Joe and Mary Keefe 
Rull live in Weymouth and are the 
parents of Meghan, BC'97, Christo- 
pher and Caitlan. Joe and Mary are 
active reunion committee members. 
• Former roommates John Mashia, 
Russ Pavia, John Flynn and Joe 
Collins got together for their own 
reunion recently. This year's gath- 
ering took place at Caesar's Palace 
in Lake Tahoe, not far from John 
Flynn's home in Sacramento, Cali- 
fornia. Joe flew in from Kansas City, 
Missouri, while Russ and the 
"Masher" traveled from Boston and 
Hartford respectively. Their week- 
end consisted of sightseeing, hiking, 
fine dining, reminiscing and, of 
course, some games of chance. Russ 
had some great stories of becoming 
a father at fifty, Flynn and Masher 
hit it big at blackjack and the Joe 
won a music trivia contest at the 
hotel. They report that a good time 
was had by all. The group wishes all 
their classmates well. • Remember 
when it was reported here that 
Marianne Cavicchi Drusano had 
earned a black belt in Shodokan Ka- 
rate? On June 30 Marianne earned 
herNidan (second degree black belt). 
She reports that karate has changed 
her life and that the dojo floor is still 
her fountain of youth. Reading be- 
tween the lines, it appears that her 
husband, George Drusano, M.D. has 


his hands full. You will have to call 
him for details. The Drusano's are 
still in Latham, New York and 
George is a professor of medicine 
and director of the division of clini- 
cal pharmacology at Albany Medical 
College. Marianne is a meeting co- 
ordinator for the clinical research 
organization, Advanced Biologies. 
They are understandably proud of 
their three sons; two are still in col- 
lege at John Hopkins and SUNY 
Cobleskill. • Christopher L. 
Gorgone was named vice president 
of administration and treasurer of 
ACT Manufacturing Incorporated. 
Chris, when not busy planning our 
reunions, is responsible for financial 
and strategic planning, mergers and 
acquisitions, information technol- 
ogy, legal and treasury. ACT is head- 
quartered in Hudson. Chris and 
Marcia live in Wellesley with daugh- 
ter Janet, BC '02 and sons Christo- 
pher and Andrew. • Joseph C. 
Maher Jr. Esquire was recently in 
the news. Joe is with the firm Foley, 
Hoag and Elliott. The Boston Globe 
reports that he plans to retire after 
seven years as the chief fund-raiser 
for Boston Mayor Thomas M. 
Menino. • Was that our own Phillip 
Tracy, Esq. recently heard co-host- 
ing a radio program in Boston on 
FM96.9? • It is sad to report the 
death of classmate Edward J. Th- 
ompson Jr. of Clinton. A popular 
high school foreign language teacher 
and basketball coach he died sud- 
denly last January from a heart at- 
tack. Joe leaves four children and his 
wife, Lois. As a tribute to Joe, schools 
were canceled in Clinton on the day 
of his funeral. The Clinton School 
Committee described Joe in a single 
word: gentleman. We extend our 
belated condolences to his family. • 
I look forward to seeing you at the 
reunion events. I will be the one with 
gray hair. 

71 N 

Georgina M. Pardo 
6800 S.W. 67th Street 
S. Miami, FL 33143 
(305) 663-4420 

Typical me, Ed and I were going on 
vacation and I was so busy at work 
that I forgot about the newsletter. I 
sent out an emergency email beg- 
ging foe news and Jane Hudson 
came to the rescue with the follow- 
ing: "It was a Newton summer for 
me as I shuttled between Hartford 
and Washington, DC. Martha 
Kendrick helped my son Jed find an 

internship with Rep. Jim Maloney 
(D-CT) on Capitol Hill, then Jed 
and I stayed at Mart's house while 
she and husband Harry Kettner and 
kids Christine, Tommy and Brian 
were in California. Did you catch 
them on TV at the Democratic Na- 
tional Convention? Wow — sure 
doesn't seem like nearly thirty years 
since Martie came to stay with me in 
DC when she was looking for a job 
after graduate school. I also had a 
wonderful lunch with Marie Robey 
Wood and dinner with Pat Chiota, 
who was passing through DC on her 
way back to Singapore with daugh- 
ter Kendra. All this talk and laughter 
with Newton friends meansl want 
more — bring on the reunion!" By 
the time this column gets published, 
we will have less than six months 'till 
the reunion. Start making those plans 


Lawrence G. Edgar 

530 S. Barrington Avenue, #110 

Los Angeles, CA 90049 

(310) 535-7401 

Sorry to start another column on a 
somber note, but I couldn't help but 
notice in last issue's class of '7 1 notes 
the passing of Pete (Lusty) Baltren, 
the unofficial head basketball cheer- 
leader at Roberts Center during our 
first three years at the Heights. Much 
as I like to think back to the great 
season of our freshman year, my 
enjoyment of the exploits of Mssrs, 
Driscoll, Evans, Veronneau, O'Brien 
et al, would not have been the same 
had it not been for those of Lusty. 
My condolences to his family. Speak- 
ing of class of '71 notes, I had an e- 
mail from Sheila Gagen 15 Likely of 
Milford, Delaware, telling me that 
she was reading the book "And Never 
Let Her Go" when I recommended 
it: in a previous column. She says 
there's another book on the same 
topic entitled "Summer Wind." 
Sheila is a magistrate in Georgetown, 
Delaware. Not much other news to 
report, but I did have two other e- 
mails, one from BC fundraiser 
extraordinarre Mike Spatola, who 
tells me that the eldest of his five 
daughters, Elizabeth, has enrolled 
as a freshman at the Heights; the 
other message was from Tom 
Holley, who reports from Maitland, 
Florida that his son has just ma- 
triculated at Notre Dame. Tom is a 
vice president of an investment bank- 
ing firm in Orlando and a city coun- 
cilman in Maitland. Dave Pellow, a 

partner in the fire of Bond, 
Schoeneck, and King in Syracuse 
has been appointed to chair the New 
York State Bar's labor law commit- 
tee. That's all for now. Please let me 
hear from you. Class correspondent 
is Larry Edgar, 530 S. Barrington 
Ave., Los Angeles, Ca. 90049, (310) 
471-6710, ledgar © 


Nancy Brouillard McKenzie, Esq. 
7526 Sebago Road 
Bethesda, MD 20817-4840 

Congratulations to Clare Pratt, 
RSCj, the new Superior General of 

Society, the first American elected 
to that position, and of course a 
Newton College graduate. ..Boston 
Magazine again cited Mary 
Catherine Deibel's Upstair's at the 
Pudding in Cambridge as an excel- 
lent restaurant in their annual Best 
of Boston issue. ..Maureen Kelly was 
at a Dreamworks Studio, her client, 
for Democratic Women in Congress 
and ran into Sarah Burns whom Kelly 
had not seen since graduation. Kelly 
reports that Sarah looks great and is 
enjoying her new position with 
Catholics for a Free Choice. Kelly 
herself will be joining a com- 
pany soon.. .Leave it to Shelly Noone 
Connolly to remind my two poor 
formerly broken ribs about football 
our sophomore and senior years. 
Shelly kindly sent along a copy of an 
article from the Sunday Star- Ledger 
about John Mara a Boston College 
graduate, former coach of his sister 
Susan Mara McDonnell's sopho- 
more football team. John eventually 
continued his interest in football and 
is now the New York Football Gi- 
ants Wee president and general coun- 
sel. Sorry to remind everyone, 
Susan's team lost.. .When we last 
heard from Mary Margaret "Beany" 
Verdon, she was on thin ice skating 
and back to the books studying for 
her third master's degree. Happily, 
Beany now reports that she has 
passed her Pre-Bronze skating test 
and finished her master's degree in 
Educational Administration and Su- 
pervision. This summer Beany is 
working on Richard Lazio's Senate 
campaign. Beany also reports that 
Richard is up and running after his 
hip replacement in March. Please 
send Beany a happy birthday card 
for her 50th birthday celebrated in 
July... Each year the Alumni Asso- 
ciation honors graduates for an 

Alumni Award of Excellence. Please 
think about individuals who have 
excelled in their fields and nominate 
them for this prestigious award. You 
may send me your 

nominations. ..Once again, I am an 
Alumni Admissions Volunteer for 
Boston College. ..As someone who 
just turned 50, I can report that it 
does not hurt. Take care and please 
send news by mail or email. 


Joy A. Malone, Esq. 
16 Lewis Street 
Little Falls, NY 13365 
(315) 823-2720 
fax: (315) 823-2723 

Hello classmates. Congratulations 
to classmate Bob Brown who ran 
for and won a position as director in 
our Alumni Association. Bob sends a 
special thank you to all of his fellow 
classmates who voted for him. Hav- 
ing someone from our class as a 
director in our Alumni Association 
is a special privilege, we all know. 
You can contact Bob at: Rjb02180 
© * Recently received a nice 
e-mail from classmate Patricia 
O'Neil McGlone, (SOE). Here is 
what Pat has to say: "I am still 
married to the same great guy I mar- 
ried in 1976 and have four wonder- 
ful kids. I taught school for five years 
but became a stay-at-home -volun- 
teer-for-anything Mom. We have 
moved seven times due to my hus- 
band Joe's job but settled in Penn- 
sylvania fifteen years ago. I'm the 
radical Democrat in a heavily Re- 
publican area and am currently man- 


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aging a campaign for a state repre- 
sentative candidate. I was a Bradley 
delegate on the ballot, am a demo- 
cratic state committee member rep- 
resenting my county and successfully 
managed to convince my oldest to 
follow in my footsteps. A recent po- 
litical science graduate of Univer- 
sity of Pittsburgh, Meghan is also 
running a state representative cam- 
paign and has bet mom she can pull 
off a better percentage for her candi- 
date. A proud mom wouldn't mind if 
she did." Pat, please write again and 
let us know who won the bet, you or 
your daughter! • The Alumni Asso- 
ciation frequently forwards press 
releases to be included in this col- 
umn, and now it is time to pass the 
following along to you: Starwood 
Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc., 
the company designated to build the 
headquarters hotel for the new Bos- 
ton Convention Center, announced 
recently the promotion of Robert 
F. Cotter, formerly president of in- 
ternational operations, to chief op- 
erating officer. Cotter will report to 
Barry Sternlicht, chairman and chief 
executive officer. Including Mr. Cot- 
ter, executives reporting to him rep- 
resent more than 150 years of hotel 
industry experience. In his new po- 
sition, Cotter will assume responsi- 
bility for all company operations and 
will be heavily involved in shaping 
strategic direction for the Company. 
His almost thirty years of Starwood 
and ITT Sheraton experience in 
Europe, Asia/Pacific and North 
America uniquely positions him for 
these new expanded responsibilities. 
His son, Robert, Jr., graduated from 
BC in May. When his next child 
applies to BC, it will mark the 14th 
time that a Cotter family member 
has done so. He and his wife and 
three children live in the White 
Plains, New York, area. Starwood, 
through its St. Regis, Luxury Col- 
lection, Westin, Sheraton, Four 
Points and W Brands is one of the 
leading hotel and leisure companies 
in the world with more than seven 
hundred hotels in eighty countries 
and 1 20,000 employees at its owned 
and managed properties. Many 
thanks to Steve Pellegrino, BC '89, 
regional director of public relations 
for Starwood, for sending the above 
press release. And Bob, parents of 
philosophy majors salute you. So, 
classmates, that is all for this col- 
umn. Please take a minute to email. 
Your fellow classmates look forward 
to hearing from you. 

73 n 

Nancy Warburton Desisto 
18 Sheldon Street 
Farmingdale, ME 04344 

Patricia McNabb Evans 
35 Stratton Lane 
Foxboro, MA 02035 

Thanks to everyone who took the 
time to write or email for this issue. 
We have a lot of good news! • Wil- 
liam Stempsey, SJ, has published 
his book Disease and Diagnosis, 
Value Dependent Realism. After 
graduation Bill earned his MD at 
SUNY, Buffalo, his MA in Philoso- 
phy at Loyola, Chicago, a M.Div. at 
the Jesuit School of Theology at 
Berkley and a PH.D. in Philosophy 
at Georgetown. Father celebrated 
our class sponsored Laetare Sunday 
Mass with us last year, and is cur- 
rently an assistant professor at Holy 
Cross. Bill Murray and his wife Jo 
have lived in the Philadelphia area 
for the last ten years. After BC Bill 
went on to LIniversity and a masters 
in environmental sciences, then 
worked in DC and New Hampshire. 
He now works for URS, a large en- 
gineering and environmental con- 
sulting company, and deals with 
cleaning up contaminated sites. They 
have kept in touch with Henri Gatto 
Bauer and Steve Bauer ('75), John 
Guerra, Pete D'Onofrio ('73), but 
would like to hear from Janice 
Powell and other Geology grads. 
Ellen O'Connell has been ap- 
pointed secretary of the Newjersey 
State Bar Foundation! The educa- 
tional and philanthropic arm of the 
state's Bar Association. Congratula- 
tions to Mary Jane "Cookie" 
Gilligan Kimball who in May re- 
ceived the 2000 Advanced Practice 
Register Nurses Award for Excel- 
lence in Nursing at the Veterans 
Administration in Manchester. She 
is employed there as a gerontological 
nurse practitioner, and would like to 
hear from other classmates living in 
New Flampshire. Last Easter she, 
her husband Ted and fifteen year 
old son Tad had a wonderful trip to 
Italy. I got a very nice note from Joe 
Rohner. He and Regina celebrated 
their twenty-fifth anniversary in 
March. They moved from Boston to 
Dallas in '75 and have three chil- 
dren: Allen, a freshman at the Uni- 
versity of Puget Sound, Sheila a high 

school senior, and Denise, a sopho- 
more. Joe is a principal in IBM's 
Global Services' SAP practice, and 
Regina is a senior VP with 
J. C. Penney. Surrounded by one 
hundred and forty family members 
and friends Betsey (Kain) and Chet 
Labedz celebrated their twenty- 
fifth at St. Joseph's in Providence. 
Fr. T.P. O'Malley, SJ, recreated his 
role as celebrant and the Mass fea- 
tured excerpts from Peloquin's 
Lyric Liturgy performed by singers 
including Kathleen M. O'Donnell 
and Elaine Dykstra ('75). Our class 
was well represented by Rosina 
Bierbaum, Tom Flynn, Ann 
(Hoffman) and Chet Franczyk, 
Michael Gallagher, Steve 
McPartland, Jane McSoley, Rev. 
Marty Moleski, SJ, MaryEHen 
Raux and (by Chicago phone hook- 
up) Barbara Bowler Malmin! 
Betsey continues with her law li- 
brarian and internet research du- 
ties, while Chet is pursuing a Ph.D. 
focused on organizational transfor- 
mation at the Carroll Grad SOM. 
Cheryl McEnaney works for Vir- 
gin records as United States Label 
Manager for Peter Gabriel's Real 
World label, a catalog of excellent 
music from many cultures. She has 
worked with other leaders in the 
important area of World Music: 
Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead 
and the Talking Heads' David 
Byrne. Cheryl has been named to 
serve on a screening committee for 
the upcoming Grammies in this field 
of music. Congratulations! Whew! 
I appreciate all the news; keep writ- 
ing and take care. 


Beth Docktor Nolan 
693 Boston Post Road 
Weston, MA 02492 


Hellas M.Assad 
149 Lincoln Street 
Norwood, MA 02062 
(7S1) 769-9542 

It was a privilege attending the 
awards ceremony and reception last 
fall to honor The 2000 Recipients 
of the William V. McKenney 
Award, especially when one of our 
very own, Dennis P. Curran was 
honored. He was the recipient of 
the Excellence in Science Award. 
Dennis is not only a caring educa- 
tor and an innovative scientist, he is 

a pioneer and leader in the field or 
organic chemistry. Mike A'Hearn, 
a member of the faculty at the Mary- 
land astronomy department led a 
team which proposed a seven year, 
$240 million space flight project 
called Deep Impact. This project has 
been selected by NASA for funding 
and flight. The project is slated to 
culminate on July 4, 2005 when a 
spacecraft will collide with comet P/ 
Tempel 1 . The impact will be visible 
from telescopes on Earth, particu- 
larly in Chile. Congratulations to 
both of you! After fourteen years of 
residency in France, Susan Speca 
Duval lives in Doylestown, PA with 
her children Christopher and Allison. 
Her children have been fortunate to 
have the opportunity to spend sum- 
mers with their grandmother in 
Normandy and are fluent in French. 
Susan works in the front office of an 
elementary school and tutors French. 
Each May she looks forward to head- 
ing to Cape Cod for a reunion with 
her much loved BC roommates. 
PatrickJ. Griffin enjoyed being back 
in town with James Mortenson (A& S) 
for the BC/Temple game. Pat is the 
proud father of two lovely daughters. 
Diana Kathleen (eighteen) is a zool- 
ogy major at the University, of 
Maryland and aspires to be a veteri- 


DECEMBER 1, 2000 

narian. His younger daughter Emily 
Sara (fourteen) is a freshman at 
Midwood High School in New York 
City. At their reunion Tim Corrigan 
(MS) turned Pat on to James Lee 
Burke (The Neon Rain) and since 
then Pat has plowed through four of 
the Dave Robicheaux Series-giving 
him the bug to visit Cajun country. 
Paul M. O'Neil is employed at Eaton 
Vance Management in Boston as Vice 
President and Director of Compli- 
ance. He is living in Hingham with 
his wife Laura and their two chil- 
dren; Taylor, a freshman at Suffolk 
University and Blaire, a freshman at 
Hingham High School. Kathleen 
Curran was promoted to group man- 
ager at MCR, Incorporated. She is 
enjoying her newly-built home in 
Andover, Massachusetts. Marcia 
Hehir DePace has recently returned 
to Sun City Center, Florida from- 
Marion, Massachusetts. She and her 


husbandjohn are official 'snowbirds' 
and do all the things they never had 
time to do. She would love to hear 
from other Florida alumni. David L. 
Johnson, a nineteen year veteran with 
IBM, is vice president of finance in 
the technology group in Somers, 
New York. He and his wife Janis, BC 
'8 1 and their daughter Laura, a fresh- 
man in high school have recently 
moved into their new home in 
Ridgefield, Connecticut. Phillip 
Adams is vice president of business 
development for an Internet con- 
sulting start-up. He and his wife 
Ruth have five children. Their old- 
est son is married and they are the 
proud grandparents ofMickell. Two 
daughters are in college and two 
teens are living with them in an At- 
lanta, GA suburb. A large portion of 
the last issue of newsnotes was de- 
voted to our wonderful reunion. I 
tried to recognize, as best as I could, 
all classmates who attended. How- 
ever, two very important lines were 
inadvertently left out! Thus, I would 
like to mention that traveling from 
the Big Apple to the reunion last 
spring were classmates: Anne 
Gobbo, Brother Paul Harmon, 
Patrick Grimn, Timothy Kelly, 
Cecilia Loscocco, Christine 
Panson, and Donald Russo. My 
very best wishes to you all for a 
joyous Christmas and holiday sea- 


Margaret M. Caputo 
102 West Pine Place 
St. Louis, MO 63108 
(314) 361-7739 
Business: (314) 444-5241 

Happy Holidays! Memories of our 
twenty-fifth reunion linger, and I 
want to encourage all classmates to 
send me their email address for in- 
clusion on a list started that week- 
end. This will help us stay in touch, 
when time allows, and should facili- 
tate mini-reunions between now and 
our thirtieth in 2005. • Notes from 
the following are greatly appreci- 
ated: Pam Rice Boggeman has 
changed jobs within the commercial 
lending area of St. Louis Bank of 
America that allows her to 
telecommute from home, part-time. 
Good luck, Pam! • Sandy Mc- 
Donald Jones is designing fabulous 
jewelry pieces, you may recall from 
the last column, and had her first 
professional show in Atlanta in Au- 
gust. She also volunteered to orga- 
nize the "pajama parry in the dorms" 

for our 30th, based on the fun our 
classmates had this past May. Those 
who want to help her in this en- 
deavor can contact her at pearlwrks 
© • Barbara Callahan 
Saldarriaga was sad to miss the re- 
union - the first one she hasn't made 
- but was proud to attend the HS 
graduation of eldest child, Peter, to 
hear him deliver the Salutorian ad- 
dress. Peter started Harvard in Fall 
2000. Barb is also busy with the 
activities of their other children, Paul 
(16), Christina (14), and Michael 
(11). They live in the Orlando, FL 
area and have recently completed 
remodeling an older home there. 
Her summer plan included a visit 
with Rita Carbone Ciocca at the 
Jersey shore or in Orlando in Au- 
gust, so I hope to hear some news 
from them soon. Rita and husband, 
Hank, live in Darien, CT with their 
children Christina (16 yr), Henry 
(13yr),andMariana(9yr). •Francie 
Anhut looked terrific, as always, at 
our reunion and was sorry to have 
missed conversing with Mary 
Ciacco Griffin, so I hope the class 
e-mail list came in handy for you two 
this summer. Francie took off the 
summer from Requisite Tech to 
spend more time with 4yr old daugh- 
ter, Kelly, and to travel domestically 
and to Buenos Aires to see family 
members. Barbara Catalane 
Farrell and family celebrated daugh- 
ter, Allison's, First Communion the 
same weekend as our reunion. This 
year, she and husband, Tim, pur- 
chased a vacation home in Naples, 
FL, added a pool to their home in 
NJ, and also kept themselves busy 
with activities involving daughters 
Kate, HS Sophomore, and Allison, 
3rd Grade. Posey Holland Griffin 
and husband, Greg, had plans to 
travel to Paris in September for their 
anniversary. I've not heard from 
them yet, so I hope Posey sends me 
some "ooh-la-la" news when they 
return to the states. Karen Foley 
Freeman, who stayed with Lee 
Costello during the reunion, caught 
up with Mary Ferris during that 
weekend. Mary lives in Beantown 
and works at the State House. Lisa 
Antonelli Dellaporta sent her re- 
grets for the reunion because she 
was proudly attending the gradua- 
tion of oldest son, Christopher, from 
Notre Dame. Christopher is now 
attending ND for graduate school, 
where he was accepted into a two- 
year service project called ACE (Al- 
liance for Catholic Education) 
during which he will earn a Masters 
in Education and teach math and 
science in Atlanta. Laurie Lawless 
Orr and daughter, Kristy, spent a 

July weekend with me in St. Louis. 
Kristy was here to interview at our 
prestigious Washington University. 
They are true troopers to have spent 
two days seeing the sights and en- 
during a typical St. Louis 1 05 degree 
heat index summer weekend, all with 
great humor and lots of laughs. 
Lastly, after toiling for nine years 
with the CBS affiliate in St. Louis, I 
proudly accepted a position in April 
with the #1 station in St. Louis, and 
#1 NBC affiliate in the country, 
KSDK-TV. • My regrets to Carol 
Finigan Wilson and her husband, 
Tom, for "christening" him "Chris" 
in the last column. • The Alumni 
office is missing current addresses 
for Sheila Barry, Jean Bittl, Ann 
Brennan, Mary Ellen Conway, Pam 
Delaney, Mary Kathleen Dwyer, 
Carol Fitzpatrick, Francesca 
Krogstad, Peggy Lyons, Nancy 
Lyons, and Stephanie Martyak. 
Please let them know where to find 
you. Next, if you did not receive the 
mailing about ordering the class pic- 
tures from our 20th and 25th re- 
unions, please contact the Alumni 
office at 1-800-669-8430. Finally, 
don't forget the class E-mail list. If 
you would like to be included, and to 
receive a copy of the list, please send 
me E-mail. The response to this list 
has been overwhelmingly positive, 
so let's get everyone on it. A blessed, 
Merry Christmas and Happy New 
Year to you all! 


Gerald B. Shea, Esq. 

135 Bradstreet Avenue, #1 

Revere, MA 02151 


Mary Jo Mancuso Otto 
256 Woodland Road 
Pittsford, NY 14534 


1978 Classnotes 

BC Alumni Association 

825 Centre Street 

Newton, MA 02458 

Well, guys, this could be yet another 
blank column. I could fill up my 
seven hundred word limit with ear- 
nest inquiries as to how you all are 
doing or maybe beg and plead once 
more for some updates from the 


Have you recently moved, changed 
jobs or gotten married? Call us to 
update your record so we can keep 
you up-to-date on friends, class- 
mates and BC happenings. You can 
call (617) 552-3440 to change your 
record by phone, fax (617) 552-0077, 
e-mail at e-mail, 
or drop a postcard to Boston Col- 
lege Information Services, More 
Hall 220, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. 

Don't forget to log on to:! 

roughly 90% of the class who have 
never bothered to write. I could re- 
gale you with horror tales of corpo- 
rate downsizing, job loss, the angst 
of yet another job search, etc. Why 
there are many ways tohitthemagic 
number. I could discuss the strange 
turn of events that had my father 
suffering a major stroke on my last 
day of work or explore the stresses in 
having my husband hospitalized 
twice within the last year, but that 
would be whining, wouldn't it? • As 
one pointedly anonymous resident 
of Rochester, New York, put it, I 
"have been doing this for a LONG 
time." There followed the none-too- 
subtle suggestion that I pass on the 
torch, and you know, folks, that is 
just what I plan to do. So, if there is 
anyone out there who would like to 
try his/her hand at being class corre- 
spondent, jump right in. • Ahhh, but 
first, the caveats: understand that it 
is a volunteer position and your work 
will go largely unnoticed. BC no 
longer employs a clipping service, 
so, if nobody chooses to write, you 
may not have much to say. (Even my 
charming NY critic neglected to in- 
clude any newsworthy information 
for publication. Too bad, Roches- 
ter, you missed your fifteen minutes 
of fame). Don't expect much in the 
way of perks with this job, except 
whatever gratification you get out of 
it for your own reasons. Be tough; 
I've been reamed by those who were 
incensed that I published the infor- 
mation that they themselves sub- 
mitted and chastised by those who 
did not like what or how I edited 
their submissions. Understand that 
this is largely a forum for classmates' 
self-promotion, which is not a bad 
thing at all, but which does not nec- 
essarily lend itself to Pulitzer Prize 
winning prose. • To those of you 
who took the time to write and send 



along a few words, my thanks. To 
the rest of you, good luck and God 
bless. And to the classmate from 
Rochester, a bit of advice: anything 
worthy of being written deserves 
your signature. You can quote me on 
that. Editor'sNote: Please contact Kathy 
Gualco at kathy. gualco@bc.edii for in- 
formation on how to become a class cor- 
respondent for the class of 1978. 


Laura Vitagliano 
78 Wareham Street 
Medford, MA 02155 

Hi! As I sit here writing this column, 
I'm again reminded of just how 
quickly time is passing! The summer 
is now ending and I'm getting ready 
for another year of teaching, As you 
read this column, the holiday season 
will be upon you; I hope that it is a 
wonderful time for you and those 
you care about! When you have time, 
drop me a line and let me know 
what's going on in your life. 


Dr. John Carabatsos 
478 Torrey Street 
Brockton, MA 02301 

Thanks again for all your letters and 
emails. I am sure your classmates 
appreciate it. I spent time with Mike 
DiBiase and Steve Balsamo this 
summer. Steve brought out the best 
in me as I broke eighty with him at 
New Seabury in August. I haven't 
done that much and I think his awe- 
some golfing prowess must have in- 
spired me. • After fifteen years of 
practicing law, Doreen Cook Hope 
recently became a federal lobbyist 
with Washington Gas. In August, 
she gave birth to Nia Lauren Hope 
(BC Class of 2022!!). Doreen and 
her husband Gregory reside in Sil- 
ver Spring, MD. • Barbara 
Theodoros King has resigned from 
her actuarial position at New En- 
gland Life Insurance Company in 
Boston and returned home to be a 
full time mom to her son Nolan. 
Nolan will be attending Kindergar- 
ten for half days and she plans on 
enjoying him to the fullest. • Jim 
Mulvaney e-mailed he and me to 
say he is sorry he missed the reunion 
but he was at BC in August could not 
believe the changes. Fulton Hall was 
totally unrecognizable to him. He 
recently joined The Rockefeller 

Trust Company as the senior vice 
president. Upon arriving, he found 
Bob Petit-another class of 80 ac- 
counting major- workingin the same 
offices for a related company. He 
and his wife Margaret have three 
children, ages five, four, and two. 
TheyliveinMiddletown,N|. •Tom 
Siegert has taken a new position 
within American Home Products 
Wyeth Ayerst division. His role is 
director-internal pricing and logis- 
tics for the international markets. (I 
love a good title). He is still busy 
with his kids and is trying to point 
his niece in the direction of BC to 
play soccer. • Dave Dionne is still 
with American Express handling 
business needs for the JP Morgan 
account. He lives in Nashua, NH 
with his wife Diane and two girls 
Caitlin (twelve) and Colleen (nine). 
He recently enjoyed a great vacation 
at Sandals resort in Jamaica. He is 
looking forward to hitting his six- 
teenth Oktoberfest in Munich in the 
fall. • Amelia Vitacco Duggan and 
her husband Bill (SOM 79) will soon 
celebrate the fourth birthday of their 
triplet daughters. They were born 
twelve weeks premature but are 
happy healthy little girls. She is the 
new director of brand management 
for the Children's Hospital at St. 
Joseph's Hospital and Medical Cen- 
ter in Paterson, NJ. She also teaches 
public speaking, public relations and 
mass communication at the local 
community college. She says it is a 
blast. She is sorry to have missed the 
reunion but wants Brian O'Connor 
to know his fertility treatments 
worked — and then some. • Mike 
Dillon was also sorry he missed the 
reunion but he is the coach of his 
daughter's Softball team. The story 
of the last twenty years goes as fol- 
lows. He was married in 1985 to a 
woman he met and married four 
months later. They live in Orchard 
Park, NY and have four children. 
His oldest daughter is thinking about 
college and he will be traveling to 
Boston to look at schools. He is 
confident she will easily qualify for 
BC and sometimes wonders if all of 
us could do the same now. He has 
worked in the mortgage business, 
opened a boutique investment advi- 
sory firm, and now works evaluating 
private equity transactions and with 
bankers to obtain financing for real 
estate development. He recently won 
his club golf championship and 
spends a lot of time with his kids in 
various activities. He says hello to all 
from 43 -A and wants to hear from 
Wilson and Sweeney. • Congratula- 
tions to Kathleen Lawrence for 
winning the Dr. Rozanne Brooks 
Dedicated Teacher Award at SUNY 

Cortland. • Kevin McCahill re- 
cently moved from Connecticut to 
Seattle, Washington with his wife 
Cindy Hockenhull ('85) and two 
sons. He writes that he had a great 
time seeing fellow classmates at the 
reunion includingTom Lamb, Paul 
Gallasch, John Lombardo, Andy 
Skaff, Debbie Wicke, Joanne 
Tierney, Jeannie Goldman and 
Mike Brosnan. No one aged a bit! 


Alison Mitchell McKee, Esq. 
1128 Brandon Road 
Virginia Beach, VA 23451 
(757) 428-0861 

It was great to hear from so many of 
you this past quarter! • Paul Burns, 
also a '84 graduate of BC Law, is a 
partner in the law firm of Gallagher 
& Kennedy in Phoenix (along with 
Bob Itri '82, Law '86), where he 
concentrates his practice in technol- 
ogy, intellectual property and enter- 
tainment law for high-tech clients. 
Paul founded the Arizona Internet 
& Electronic Commerce Associa- 
tion. Paul and his wife, Christine, 
have two children, Kimberly, four, 
and Tommy, five, and reside in 
Scottsdale. Rick Comeau is teach- 
ing learning disabled students in the 
Baltimore area while working on a 
masters in special ed. Rick's email 
address is and 
he'd love to hear from any long-lost 
BCfriends. • In 1997, Scott Palmer 
moved from ME to PA where he 
recently became a part owner of 
Hakanson &; Company, an associa- 
tion management company that 
manages not-for-profit technology 
based trade associations. Scott and 
his wife, Lois, have two children, 
Karl, four, and Shea, three. • Cathy 
Petersen Keller and Ken '83 had 
their fourth child, Alexandra 
Michele, in September '99 in Fort 
Morgan, CO. She is adored by her 
siblings, Kirsten, Sara and Kenny. 
The Keller family loves CO where 
Cadiy is busy with the children and 
Ken is an orthopedic surgeon. • Pe- 
ter I3erni.ui lives in Birmingham, 
AL with his wife, Elizabeth, and six 
year old son, Matthew. As a veteran 
of retail concepts, Peter has moved 
frequently over the past nineteen 
years, living in NJ, NH and PA. This 
past year, Sharon Bray and Rich 
Farrelly adopted their first child, a 
ten-month-old girl from China 
named Allison. They live in Berwyn, 
PA. Rich is a SVP of operations for 
General Electric Capital's financial 


DECEMBER 1,2000 

assurance division in Philadelphia 
and Sharon is the budget director 
for Widener University. Rich would 
love to hear from his old roommates 
(Rich Canning, Mike Fee, Kevin 
Hicks, Bob Panaro and John Perry) 
at rich. farrelly © • 
Ken Troccoli thought he would use 
the occasion of our twentieth re- 
union year to update us on his where- 
abouts. After BC, Ken graduated 
from George Washington Law 
School and worked as a clerk for the 
chief judge of the trial court in Dis- 
trict of Columbia and then for sev- 
eral large law firms. He later became 
an assistant public defender in Alex- 
andria, Virginia and loved it. In 1 999 
he left that job to return to school at 
Georgetown University seeking a 
masters in law with a concentration 
in constitutional law. Ken now stays 
at home in Bethesda during the day 
with his two children, Nick , six, and 
Jenna, two, while his terrific wife, 
Karen, works full-time. Ken plans to 
get his degree in 2001 and return to 
public defender work. Ken would 
like to reconnect with Charles 
Bashara and Barry Armata email 
him at • Tom 
Cingari and his wife, Sue, just fin- 
ished remodeling an older home in 
Stamford, CT where Tom contin- 
ues to work in his family business, 
Grade A Markets (now Shoprite). 
The Cingaris have five children, 
Christine, seventeen, Tom, fifteen, 
Daniel, twelve, Matthew, nine, and 
John, seven. Are you ready for this? 
Christine started BC this past Sep- 
tember as a member of the Class of 
2004. • Kim and Jim O'Cormell 
also have five children, Jimmy, four- 
teen Julianne, eleven, Jaclyn, nine, 
Jennifer, four, and John, three. The 
O'Connell clan lives in Atlanta where 
Jim is the director of marketing for 
the J W Marriott Hotel Lenox in the 
Buckhead area. Jim is enjoying big 
city life after Marriott stints inMarco 
Island, Key West and Point Clear, 
Alabama. This past year he attended 
both the Superbowl and the MLB 
Allstar Game and met Jimmy Carter 
and Nelson Mandela. In April Jim 
visited Jim Howarth at his home in 
Evanston, IL to see his first child, 
Katherine, who was born in January. 
• Bill Stephanos is the business 
development manager for Lucent 


Technologies, South Texas Region, 
and lives in Houston with his wife, 
Claudia, who is a pediatric dentist. 
Bill has a son, Greg, twelve. Claudia 
and Bill are expecting their first child 
together in February. • In July 
Patricia McGaffigan was named 
chairman of the board ot the Ameri- 
can Association of Critical-Care 
Nurses Certification Corporation 
which provides credentialing pro- 
grams for individuals and facilities 
involved in healthcare. Patricia is 
the director of new clinical markets 
for Aspect Medical Systems in 
Natick. • Unfortunately, I must end 
my column with two pieces of sad 
news. First, Joseph G. McGuire 
forty-nine, the husband of Kate 
Tucker McGuire and father of their 
two children, Andrew, twelve, and 
Maggie, ten, passed away in April. 
He was a former swim coach for 
Shawmut Aquatic Club, Weston 
Swim Club arid the Lincoln-Sudbury 
High School boys' varsity team 
where he was named Boston Globe 
All Scholastic Coach of the Year. 
Our condolences to Kate and her 
family. Finally, I am sorry to pass 
along news from Tom Schneider 
that David Marby passed away on 
January eighth in New York City at 
the age of forty-one. Dave gradu- 
ated with high honors with a BA in 
psychology and then graduated from 
Yale Medical School. Dave was 
known as one of Mass General's best 
at caring for children with serious 
and terminal diseases, having an in- 
tense compassion for the patients 
and their families. David later en- 
tered a fellowship program at Brown 
University's Hasbro Hospital where 
he conducted extensive research in 
the field of pediatric infectious dis- 
ease. Last spring Dave received a 
post-mortem award for being one of 
the best new research doctors in the 
country. In the summer of 1999, 
Dave accepted a position as pediat- 
ric attending physician and assistant 
clinical professor at Columbia 
University's New York Presbyterian 
Hospital. In his last five years, Dave 
became an avid sculptor, with one of 
his pieces to be displayed at Hasbro 
Hospital indefinitely. Notwithstand- 
ing his many professional accom- 
plishments, Dave is remembered by 
his friends as the guy who held a 
large network of BC alum's together. 
He never lost contact with his large 
group of friends and always made 
the effort to bring everyone together 
often. Our sincere condolences to 
Dave's family and many friends. 


John A. Feudo 

8 Whippletree Lane 

Amherst, MA 01002-3100 


Even if the "Survivor" craze didn't 
faze you this past summer, it cer- 
tainly impacted the life of Tony 
Giunta, Mayor of Franklin, New 
Hampshire. It turns out that "Survi- 
vor" star Jenna Lewis is a Franklin 
native. Tony and Governor Jeanne 
Shaheen proclaimed Jenna Lewis 
Day in the town upon her return 
from the island. Hey Tony, see if 
you can get her to come to our re- 
union in 2002!! • Scott Finlay, a 
dentist in Arnold, MD, emailed to 
say that he, Jon Rather, Jamie 
O'Rourke, Pete Lipsky and TJ 
Delia Pietra continued their quest 
to be the next Tiger Woods with an 
annual golf pilgrimage to Tampa. 
Rumor has it the "Bash Brothers" 
even made a special appearance. The 
guys were gearing up for the annual 
Michael Murphy Memorial Golf 
fundraiser, held in CT in Septem- 
ber. • Betsy Simpson Boyer wrote 
to say that she just had her fourth 
boy, Mitchell, all boys are under 
four years old. "Saint" Betsy also 
sent news about her roommates: 
Annie Podesta Rose just built a 
new home in Ipswich, Sue Hunter 
Hayes visited Boston over the sum- 
mer, Lizzie Catty is living in Vir- 
ginia with her husband and daughter. 
Janice Bolandz Hendricks is still 
in San Diego with her husband and 
their two boys, and there hasn't been 
any word lately from Jeannie Wil- 
son, although with four children of 
her own, the two certainly need to 
talk! Betsy also wanted me to re- 
mind Mike Miller that the roomies 
haven't heard from you in a while. • 
Also in the "new baby" department, 
Marjorie Pallone LoBono and her 
husband, Joe, recently had twin girls, 
Marion and Madeline. Marjorie is a 
trial attorney in personal injury de- 
fense in Manhattan. They live in 
Scarsdale, NY. • Tracy Charlton 
Acton wrote for the first time in five 
years. She and husband Kipp are 
moving to Atlanta with their two 
children, Brady and Cory. Tracy 
informs us that Rosemary Hatem 
Hall also has two children. Rose- 
mary has her own calligraphy busi- 
ness in Chicago. • Bob Misdom 
wrote from Atlanta, when he owns 
an IT staffing and recruiting busi- 
ness called Staffing Technologies. 

Bob and his wife have three chil- 
dren. He says hello to former room- 
mates Chris Caffrey, Rob Eberle, 
John O'Connor, Doug Ellis and 
Dan Portanova. • My summer was 
quite eventful. It began with a trip to 
Toronto to receive an international 
award for my book on alumni rela- 
tions (although I left out the chapter 
about "Writing Humorous Class 
Notes"), and it ended with my mar- 
riage to Jenn Bennett, a University 
of Massachusetts graduate. Jim 
Moran did the best man duties, and 
Gil Boule gave examples of how to 
dance when there aren't many people 
around who know you!! Many other 
BCer's at the wedding. Old roomie 
Marty O'Hea wasn't back for it, but 
he did return later in the fall for a BC 
football game. • Love those emails — 
keep 'em coming! 


Cynthia J. Bocko 
71 Hood Road 
Tewksbury, MA 01876 

Even if the "Survivor" craze didn't 
faze you this past summer, it cer- 
tainly impacted the life of Tony 
Giunta, Mayor of Franklin, New 
Hampshire. It turns out that "Survi- 
vor" star Jenna Lewis is a Franklin 
native. Tony and Governor Jeanne 
Shaheen proclaimed Jenna Lewis 
Day in the town upon her return 
from the island. Hey Tony, see if 
you can get her to come to our re- 
union in 2002!! • Scott Finlay, a 
dentist in Arnold, MD, emailed to 


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Delia Pietra continued their quest 
to be the next Tiger Woods with an 
annual golf pilgrimage to Tampa. 
Rumor has it the "Bash Brothers" 
even made a special appearance. The 
guys were gearing up for the annual 
Michael Murphy Memorial Golf 
fundraiser, held in CT in Septem- 
ber. • Betsy Simpson Boyer wrote 
to say that she just had her fourth 
boy, Mitchell, all boys are under 
four years old. "Saint" Betsy also 
sent news about her roommates: 
Annie Podesta Rose just built a 
new home in Ipswich, Sue Hunter 
Hayes visited Boston over the sum- 
mer, Lizzie Carry is living in Vir- 
ginia with her husband and daughter. 
Janice Bolandz Hendricks is still 
in San Diego with her husband and 
their two boys, and there hasn't been 
any word lately from Jeannie Wil- 
son, although with four children of 
her own, the two certainly need to 
talk! Betsy also wanted me to re- 
mind Mike Miller that the roomies 
haven't heard from you in a while. • 
Also in the "new baby" department, 
Marjorie Pallone LoBono and her 
husband, Joe, recendy had twin girls, 
Marion and Madeline. Marjorie is a 
trial attorney in personal injury de- 
fense in Manhattan. They live in 
Scarsdale, NY. • Tracy Charlton 
Acton wrote for the first rime in five 
years. She and husband Kipp are 
moving to Adanta with their two 
children, Brady and Cory. Tracy 
informs us that Rosemary Hatem 
Hall also has two children. Rose- 
mar)' has her own calligraphy busi- 
ness in Chicago. • Bob Misdom 
wrote from Atlanta, when he owns 
an IT staffing and recruiting busi- 
ness called Staffing Technologies. 
Bob and his wife have three chil- 
dren. He says hello to former room- 
mates Chris Caffrey, Rob Eberle, 
John O'Connor, Doug Ellis and 
Dan Portanova. • My summer was 
quite eventful. It began with a trip to 
Toronto to receive an international 
award for my book on alumni rela- 
tions (although I left out the chapter 
about "Writing Humorous Class 
Notes"), and it ended with my mar- 
riage to Jenn Bennett, a University 
of Massachusetts graduate. Jim 
Moran did the best man duties, and 
Gil Boule gave examples of how to 
dance when there aren't many people 
around who know you! ! Many other 
BCer's at the wedding. Old roomie 
Marty O'Hea wasn't back for it, but 
he did return later in the fall for a BC 
football game. • Love those emails — 
keep 'em coming! 

say that he, Jon Rather, Jamie 
O'Rourke, Pete Lipsky and TJ 




Carol A. Baclawski, Esq. 
29 Beacon Hill Road 
W. Springfield, MA 01089 
(413) 737-2166 

Hope you are all enjoying the holi- 
days. Here's the news I received. 
Laurie Pignatelli Schiff and hus- 
band Scott welcomed the birth of 
their second child, Ayva Claire, born 
May 9, 2 000. Their first child Peyton 
is now four years old. Laurie and 
family live in Pittsfield, Massachu- 
setts. • T.J. Kozikowski recently 
joined Breakaway Solutions, the 
leading full-service e-business solu- 
tion provider for mid-market busi- 
nesses, as a director and relationship 
partner in the Washington, D.C. 
office. In his new role, T.J. is re- 
sponsible for business development 
and application hosting service lines 
in the Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to 
joining Breakaway, T.J. was a man- 
ager with Oracle Corporation. Please 
write or email me and let me know 
what you and your family are doing, 
so I can share with our fellow class- 
mates. Happy Holidays! 


Barbara Ward Wilson 
8 Via Capistrano 
Tiburon, CA 94920 

Hello and happy winter! Marcie 
DePlaza, (SOM), is living in 
Parkland, FL. She has been working 
with GL Homes of Florida for ten 
years. She is married to Brett Shecter 
and they have two little girls: Dani, 
age three and Tara, age one. Bill 
Lanza and his wife Kathy welcomed 
Anna Grace (seven lbs., three Oz.) to 
their family on December 1, 1999. 
She joins her two older sisters Katie, 
eleven and Michelle, nine. Bill has 
recently accepted a position as a soft - 
ware developer for Aurion Tech- 
nologies, a provider of Web based 
gas and oilfield automation prod- 
ucts, here in Dallas. Kathy contin- 
ues to juggle neonatal nursing, real 
estate, and motherhood. Mike King 
would have been at the reunion, but 
he got stranded at Los Angeles In- 
ternational Airport. He was taking 
the red-eye out on Friday night to 
hit the reunion and return Sunday 
morning. The only problem was that 
his United flight got canceled. As a 
result, he couldn't get there from 
here (as they used to say in 

Pepperidge Farms commercials). 
Mike and his wife Linda recently 
had their third child, Eliza be thMarie 
(seven months), who joins their two 
little ruffians: Jimmy (five) and 
Steven Anthony (three). Linda's 
home full-time with the kids and 
Mike is a partner in a law firm in Los 
Angeles, handling complex civil liti- 
gation, primarily misappropriation 
of trade secret disputes and products 
liability matters. Mike can be reached 
at • Sally 
Tychanich Healy and her husband 
Thorn and daughters Sarah and 
Elizabeth have moved to Potomac, 
Maryland. • Kevin Clancy is vice 
president and general counsel of 
LavaStorm, Inc. an Internet systems 
engineering company in Waltham, 
MA. Prior to joining LavaStorm, 
Kevin was a founding partner of 
Cooke, Clancy & Gruenthal, LLP. 
Kevin lives in Holliston, MA where 
he serves as town moderator. Ed- 
ward Capobianco was recently pro- 
moted to senior vice president/law 
for Citizens Bank in Providence. 
Michelle Byrne-Danney is living 
in Marlborough, MA with her two 
daughters, Rachel, seven, and 
Rebecca, five. Michelle works at 
Polaroid in their corporate data cen- 
ter in computer operations. Michelle 
coordinates the operations support 
group and handles all the crises and 
disasters that come her way. Steve 
and Lori Ebanietti Switaj have been 
very active in the Cleveland hockey 
community for the past ten years. 
Both play locally in Cleveland for 
adult teams. Steve coaches his son 
Matt's (thirteen) Bantam team, and 
Lori, one of Cleveland's only female 
head coaches, coaches eleven year 
old daughter Lynn's co-ed Pee Wee 
team. Please send me your email 
messages and they will be included 
in the column. Happy Holidays. 


Karen Broughton Boyarsky 
2909 The Concord Court 
Ellicott City, MD 21042 

Greetings from New England! 
Please note the change of address 
above as we have relocated back up 
north to RI! Bruce bought a book- 
bindery (Ocean State Bindery) in 
Providence in August and we all ar- 
rived in East Greenwich in Septem- 
ber. We would love to hear from 
classmates in the area and are look- 
ing forward to being closer to the 
Heights for events, football games, 
and alumni meetings! Ironically, the 

Paul Scobie moved back to Rhode 
Island the same week we did (he's 
dividing his time between Los An- 
geles and providence as vice presi- 
dent of international sales for his 
graphic arts distribution company) 
and we are thrilled to be living five 
miles down the road from him! • 
Congratulations to Karen O'Keefe 
Johnson and Ray Johnson on the 
birth of their third child, Brian, who 
joins Brendan and Bridget! The 
Johnsons sent a picture which we 
loved-the kids are adorable!! • Li- 
ane and Ed McCarthy have big news 
that they recently adopted two chil- 
dren, Scott, age three and Desha, 
age two. They will be joining sib- 
lings Ryan, thirteen, Matthew, eight 
and Michael, seven. Ed is still work- 
ing with Credit Lyonnais in Man- 
hattan and Lisa is working hard at 
home with the kids! My hat is off to 
you both! • Nunzia DeDominicis 


DECEMBER 1,2000 

and her husband Don recently had 
twins and they join sister, Marisa 
who is two. Katie and Lorenzo were 
born in July-Luisa DeDominicis, 
Nunzia cousin and our classmate, is 
Katie godmother! Congratulations! 
• Locher Mango wrote with news 
of her family. She and her family live 
in Simsbury, Connecticut. They have 
three children, Ellie (eight), Tirmny 
(five) and Sarah (two). She would 
love to be in touch with classmates 
and can be reached at! Bill and 
Pat McCarthy Christ wrote with 
news of Bill making partner at his 
law firm, Phillips, Lyde, Hitchcock, 
Blain and Huber and Pat is busy with 
the three kids doing swim team and 
church activities! • Greg Licholai 
recently finished his MBAat Harvard 
and joined Medtronic in Minneapo- 
lis where he will be working in the 
neurological division developing 
implant able devices to treat neuro- 
logical conditions such as 
Parkinson's and epilepsy. Greg is a 
neurosurgeon and he has recently 
celebrated his sixth wedding anni- 
versary with his wife, Charlotte! • 
Eileen Carr Forrest finished her 
last year of pediatric residency at 
Children's Hospital in Boston and 
recently married to Major Kevin 
Forrest. Carolyn Yee Grimes was a 

bridesmaid. Eileen will relocate with 
her husband to Fort Carmpbell, 
Kenntucky where she will be a civil- 
ian pediatrician. • Caroline Long 
McKinnon and Brian McKinnon 
wrote with news that Brian recently 
completed his emergency room resi- 
dency at Portsmouth (Virginia) Na- 
val Medical Center and are now 
moving to Charlottesville, Virginia 
where he will do a fellowship in 
Neurotology at WA Medical Cen- 
ter. Caroline will also be in school at 
University of Virginia Medical Cen- 
ter doing a Master's in Psychiatric 
Nursing. Classmates can reach them 
at bjmckinnon@earthlinknet. • Ed 
Miller and his wife, Sharon live in 
Fairfield, Connecticut and have two 
girls, ages eight and four. Ed man- 
ages the internal corporate compen- 
sation department for an human 
resources consulting firm, Towers, 
recent wedding in the Bahamas. 
Drake and Maria Behrakis an- 
nounce the birth of their second 
child, Zoe Anastasia, in April. She 
joins brother George, age two. 
Thanks to all who write and a special 
thanks to all who say such lovely 
things to me about the article! I love 
doing it and love hearing from you! 
Let me know if your in RI!! 


Catherine Stanton Rooney 
4 Bushnell Terrace 
Braintree, MA 02184 


Laura Germak Ksenak 
54 Kendal Avenue 
Maplewood, NJ 07040 
(973) 313-9787 


Cheryl Williams Kalantzakos 
10 Devonshire Place 
Andover, MA 01810 

Steven and Lisa Szawlowski Leon 

recently moved from Boston to Bay 
Village, OH with eleven-month-old 
daughterMadelyn. Steve completed 
his neurosurgery residency in Bos- 
ton at the Brigham and Women's 
Hospital/Children's Hospital and is 
completing a fellowship in spine sur- 
gery at the Cleveland Clinic. Lisa 
was working as a pharmacist at the 


Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for 
the Aged but is currently staying 
home. The Leons live in the same 
town as classmates Bill and Lisa 
Priemer and their to daughters 
Campbell and Helen. • Annemarie 
Scanlon Harthun lives in Vienna, 
Virginia with her husband Matt, son 
Bryan (4/98) and daughter Caitlyn 
(2/00). She is an attorney with the 
Federal Trade Commission in 
Washington, D.C. • Susan Cotter 
Reinert lives in Walpole, MA with 
her husband Tom. She works at 
Newton-Wellesley Hospital as a 
nurse in Labor & Delivery. They 
have three children- Derek, Brett 
and Stephanie. • Nora Leary is the 
director of residential programs at 
the Walker Home and School in 
Needham. Nora lives in Dorchester. 
• Meghan Kelley-Gosk lives in 
Chapel Hill, NC with her husband 
Chris and daughter Taylor. She is 
expecting her second child this fall. 
Meghan is a Training Specialist at 
University of North Carolina and 
recently completed her doctorate at 
North Carolina State University. • 
Susan Brodbeck Agnew, husband 
John and big brother Patrick an- 
nounce the birth of John Peter "Jack" 
Agnew, Jr. on June 21. Susan and 
family live in Chatham, New Jersey 
where mom is now home full-time. 
Beth Dedrick Lawlor and husband 
Kevin have a new addition to their 
family. Gillian Margaret, born last 
March, joins brother Brendan 
Dedrick (two and a half). Beth works 
for American Express full-time from 
home and Kevin is a financial con- 
sultant with Merrill Lynch in New 
YorkCity. They live inMaplewood, 
Newjersey • John and Dawn Miller 
Llewellyn celebrated the birth of 
twins John IV (Jack) born April 17 
and sister Mackenzie born April 18, 
2000. John, Dawn, big sister Kelsey 
(three) and the twins live in Fairfield, 
Connecticut. • Rich Chutoransky 
and wife Lisa announce the birth of 
Nicholas Richard born on May 26, 
2000. He joins his sister Macy Jean 
(two). •Michael and Ellen 
McSweeney O'Hara are currently 
moving from Reading to Westwood, 
Massachusetts. Mike is a General 
Counsel atJBaker, Incorporated in 
Canton and Ellen, a nurse practitio- 
ner, is currently at home with their 
boys Connor (three) and Nathan 
(one). • Stephen Tomaselli left 
Kennebunk, Maine for the warmer 
climate in Franklin, Massachusetts. 
Steve is running an Internet mort- 
gage company He 
is married to Gina Malacaria BC '90 
and has two boys Christopher (five) 
and John (six months). You can drop 
Steve a line at stomaselli 

© . • Bob Karwin 

graduated from University of San 
Diego School of Law in '97 and 
passed both California and Texas 
bar exams. He is currently working 
as a senior associate attorney with 
the firm of Calendo, Puckett, Sheedy 
and DiCorrado in Los Angeles. In 
June '99 he married Janissa Staton. 
In attendance were: Tim Canty 
(groomsman), Ellen Kurd (brides- 
maid), Myles Cassidy (photogra- 
pher) Theresa Barry and Liza 
Farrell. You can reach Bob through 
his Web site http://home. • Megan 
Sullivan Keady, husband John, and 
daughter Rose (May 99) have moved 
from Grapevine, Texas to Sydney, 
Australia. Megan is a senior market- 
ing manager for Kimberly-Clark 
Australia. • Diane Russell-Will- 
iams and husband Jason had second 
daughter Rachel Lynn born on Feb- 
ruary 1 1, 2000. She was welcomed 
home (in Fairfax, VA) by older sister 
Megan Sarah (18 months). Diane 
has been working as an account ex- 
ecutive in sales for EMC Corpora- 
tion for the past eleven years. Other 
classmates working at EMC are Ken 
Grohe, Bill Hogan, Jim Gannon 
and Mike DeLuca. • Karen 
Neuhauser Daley had her second 
child on Easter morning. Jack 
Neuhauser was welcomed home by 
his older sister Katie. Karen and her 
husband live in Plymouth, Massa- 
chusetts • Andrea McGrath is liv- 
ing in Back Bay and working for 
State Street Bank. • Carolyn 
Croteau Rando, husband Joe and 
children Ben and Rebecca relocated 
last year from MA to Houston, 
Texas. • TS and Liz Nelson Lemire 
along with daughter J enna welcomed 
Claire Elizabeth into their family on 
December ember 16, 1999. TS is 
editor-at-large with Community 
Newspaper Company in Needham 
and will be teaching writing at BC 
fall 2000. • Thanks to everyone for 
all of the letters and emails. If your 
update did notmake this issue, please 
look for it in the next column. 


Kara Corso Nelson 
67 Sea Island 
Glastonbury, CT 06033 
(860) 647-9200 

There seems to be a bit of a baby 
boom in the class of 1990! Jennifer 
Duffy Ahonen and Kevin Ahonen 
are living in Needham and are proud 
parents of a baby girl, Grace 

Katherine, who was born on March 
26, weighing eight pounds, eight 
ounces. Jennifer changed jobs just 
over a year ago, moving out of the 
agency side of advertising and into 
the client side where she manages 
the marketing materials for insur- 
ance products at Putnam Invest- 
ments in Boston. •Jennifer (Riddle) 
and Greg Harrington had theirsec- 
ond child, Daniel James on June 21. 
They relocated to Lancaster, PA in 
early 1999. Paula and Paul Day 
welcomed their first child, Catherine 
Anne Day, into the world on June 
21, 2000. The Days live in Dallas. 
Kerry and Sean Calnan live in 
Belchertown, Massachusetts and had 
their first son, Liam McDermott 
Calnan on May Seventh, 2000. • 
George and Christy Schwarz 
Schultze want to share the exciting 
news of the birth of their daughter, 
Annabelle Celia Schultze! She ar- 
rived on July 29th, 2000. • On 
November 3rd, 1999, Susanne 
Coulter Smith, husband George 
and big brother Pierce (three) wel- 
comed the newest member of their 
family, Emily Elizabeth. Emily 
weighed in at ten pounds, two 
ounces! Amy Salvin's post-gradu- 
ate history goes something like this: 
After BC, Amy worked for one year 
at the American Cancer Society in 
Boston. She graduated from North- 
eastern School of Law in 1994, and 
clerked in Boston for a year, after 
which she moved to Washington, 


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jobs or gotten married? Call us to 
update your record so we can keep 
you up-to-date on friends, class- 
mates and BC happenings. You can 
call (617) 552-3440 to change your 
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e-mail at e-mail, 
or drop a postcard to Boston Col- 
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D.C, to work at the Department of 
Justice. For the past fouryears, Amy's 
been an assistant United States at- 
torney for the District of Columbia, 
Criminal Division, but is planning a 
move back to CT. In early Septem- 
ber 2000, she married Gary Collins, 
a fellow prosecutor and former Court 

TV reporter. • Michelle Manware 
was maid of honor. Michelle is in 
her second year of physician's assis- 
tant school at Yale Medical School 
and is engaged to Dennis Murphy, a 
lawyer she met while working at 
Northeastern Law School. • An- 
drew McAJeer's first novel, "Ap- 
pearance of Counsel," is presently 
under contract and will be available 
this fall at Spenser's Mystery Books 
in Boston, Kate's Mystery Books in 
Cambridge, and • Michael 
Baroni is a senior attorney at 
Metromedia, responsible for the le- 
gal departments of two subsidiaries, 
which are Internet infrastructure 
companies in San Jose and Palo Alto 
California. Michael married Lisa 
Lynnette (an actress) in Jamaica, and 
has moved from New York to 
Californa. • Mike DiMauro and 
Karin Crompton are engaged to be 
married. Karin is a 1992 University 
of Connecticut grad and is a re- 
gional editor for 
Mike is a sports columnist at the 
New London Day newspaper. • 
They live in Niantic, Connecticut, 
just down the road from Ellen 
McGuinn Mahoney and Brian 
Mahoney. • Andy Sriubas got mar- 
ried on May 4th to Michelle Israel at 
St. Peter's Basilica in Rome after a 
brief audience with the Pope! • 
Craig O'Donnell (BC roommate 
and brother-in-law) was the best 
man. Sister Beth '88 and Peter 
Woodbury '86 were also in atten- 
dance. Andy and Michelle built a 
house in Pound Ridge, New York 
and moved out of the city in May. 
Andy works for Donaldson, Lufkin 
& Jenrette Securities' investment 
banking group in Manhattan, focus- 
ing on international media clients. • 
Michele Lombardo married Scott 
Maclver on December 5 , 1 998 ; they 
live in Winter Haven, Florida. Scott 
is a Deputy Sheriff for the county, 
and Michele is an assistant public 
defender. ("He locks them up, I help 
get them out. I guess that's job 
security..."). Prior to that Michele 
had been working at Disney World 
in the Entertainment Department 
at the Disney-MGM Studios. 
Michele and Scott welcomed their 
little boy (nine pounds, thirteen 
ounces!), Luke Michael Maclver on 
June 3 , 2 000. • After graduating from 
BC, Maureen Hoffman Donohue 
got her master's in educational psy- 
chology at the University of Vir- 
ginia. After living and teaching in 
Washington, D.C, Charlottesville, 
Virginia, and Cupertino, California 
she and her family relocated to 
Glastonbury, Connecticut in Janu- 
ary of 1999 (we're neighbors!). 



Maureen married Jim Donohue (a 
UTC engineer) and they have two 
children: Connor, five and, Kelly, 
three. Maureen is a third grade 
teacher at Hebron Avenue Elemen- 
tary in Glastonbury. • Mike Dupee 
graduated from Georgetown Uni- 
versity Law Center and the 
McDonough School of Business with 
a JD cum laude and an MBA. Mike 
moved to NY in August to work in 
fixed income principal transactions 
for Goldman Sachs. • In April 1995, 
Amy Bettez Cronin completed her 
master's in special education and 
married her husband Thomas 
Cronin. Recently, they moved back 
to Amy's hometown of Coventry 
with their two children Kathleen 
(three) and Matthew (eighteen 
months). A third will arrive in Sep- 


Have you recently moved, changed 
jobs or gotten married? Call us to 
update your record so we can keep 
you up-to-date on friends, class- 
mates and BC happenings. You can 
call (617) 552-3440 to change your 
record by phone, fax (617) 552-0077, 
e-mail at e-mail, 
or drop a postcard to Boston Col- 
lege Information Services, More 
Hall 220, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. 

Don't forget to log on to:! 

tember! Amy teaches high school 
English in South Kingstown, Rhode 
Island. • Richard Lee left the Uni- 
versity of Texas at Austin for a new 
position as an advanced assistant 
professor at the University of Min- 
nesota in Minneapolis beginning in 
the fall of 2000. As always, thanks for 
the updates and I wish you all the 
happiest of holidays! 


Peggy Morin Bruno 

2 High Hill Road 

Canton, CT 06019 

(860) 693-3025 


Stephen Sieh, an investment banker 
with Lazard Freres, obtained his 
MBA from Columbia University and 
lives in Manhattan with his wife, 

Ronna Reyes '92. They recently 
attended the wedding of David 
Dahan to Naomi Schachter with 
Damian Platosh. • Jennifer 
Pomerantz Minson and her hus- 
band of seven years Douglas wel- 
comed a baby girl, Mairwen on July 
2 1 . She joins her brothers Gareth 
(three) and Aneurin (two). They live 
in Manassas, Virginia. • Cara 
DeNuccio was married on August 
13 to Dennis McShane in Detroit, 
MI. Michele Casey-Driscoll and 
her son Drew, Karen Kremer 
Mahoney '90, her husband, and her 
son Matthew, and Ailis Clyne and 
her husband were all in attendance. 
Cara graduated in May with her 
MSW from Wayne State Univer- 
sity, and has been working for five 
years at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. 
She is a human resources manager. • 
Christopher Fontayn and his wife 
Julie welcomed their first son, Lo- 
gan Robert on August 9! They live 
in Riverview, Florida. • Ana 
Quadros married Mat Johnson in 
Newport, Rhode Island on Augnst 
5 , 2000. Dr. Anne Marie (Mallick) 
Junge and Jane Ngara were brides- 
maids. Also in attendance were Kim 
LaBarbiera-Paschall, Nicole 
Tufo, Jessica (Prata) Miller and 
Frank Campbell '90. Ana and Mat 
live in Mill Valley, California. • Jes- 
sica (Prata) Miller, her husband 
Steven and her son, David, moved to 
Bangor, Maine. Jessica will be a phi- 
losophy professor at the University 
of Maine. • Allison Kopicki mar- 
ried John Miller on May 20, 2000. 
Allison is an editor and writer at 
Bloomberg Magazine where she was 
awarded a cover story. • Christy 
Simpson was a bridesmaid. • Kim 
LaBarbiera-Paschall also attended. 
Allison andjohn live in Lambertville, 
New Jersey. • Ann Marie Lynch 
and Harry Patz were married on 
April 15, 2000 in Newport, Rhode 
Island. • Philip Eliopoulos was the 
best man. • Peggy Goetz was a 
bridesmaid. • Joe Furino and 
George Skabardonis were ushers. 
• David Anderson did a reading. 
Also attending were: Paul 
Barroquiero, Sherri (Nuncio) and 
Pat Coleman, Jeff Eberwein, John 
Kearney, Theresa (Breen) and 
Marty Keaveney, Maureen 
Marshall, John McGuire, Todd 
Mitchell, Tom Moscarillo, 
Alicemarie (Hand) and Jonathan 
Mulrooney, Don Niss, and David 
Rios. Ann Marie and Harry live in 
Bronxville, NY. Ann Marie is an 
assistantvice-presidentin human re- 
sources at the Bank of New York. 
Harry is a director of sales and con- 
sulting at the Microsoft Corpora- 
tion in New York City. • Andrea 

Benoit is an attorney with the De- 
fense Contract Management 
Agency in Boston. On June 1 , 2000, 
she and her husband, Gaetano 
Polizio, welcomed their first child, 
Luigi Polizio. • Mike "Gus" Kelly 
is currently the assistant curator of 
rare books and special collections 
for New York University. His email 
address is • 
Leslie Strazzullo has been a public 
relations executive in Miami for six 
years and is now enrolled in the 
MIBS (Masters in International 
Business Studies) program at the 
University of South Carolina. Leslie 
was in Italy taking intensive lan- 
guage and culture training and will 
return for additional studies and an 
internship. Email Leslie at 
lafstrazz® • Chris 
Langway completed his MBA at 
Arizona State University and is 
working as a new media manager 
for Digitas in New York City. Email *Jay 
Duke is married and getting his 
MBA at Duke University and was in 
New York City this summer with 
Morgan Stanley. • Krista Zuber 
is also in New York City working 
for Paine Webber. She has been 
there for nine years now. • Col- 
leen (Hasey) Schuhmann and her 
husband Paul are expecting their 
first child in early December! Paul 
and Colleen were married on July 3 , 
1 999. Jill Kaczynski has been work- 
ing Tor the Boston Consulting 
Group's Auckland, New Zealand 
office since August 1999. She will 
return to Boston in January 2001. 
Email her at • Cheryl 
Blais has visited Jill in New Zealand. 
• Lynn Page married Sean Flaherty 
(Northeastern '89) onjune 24, 2000. 
After a honeymoon in Ireland, Lynn 
and Sean settled in their new house 
in Canton, MA. Lynn is the direc- 
tor of annual giving for the Big 
Brother of Mass Bay and Sean is a 
stockbroker for Salomon Smith 
Barney in Boston. Debi Page 
Mooney was matron of honor. 
Shelby Lovett Cuevas, Meghan 
Gross, Heather Garrigan Hentz, 
Lisa Nickerson McGonagle '95 and 
Kellie Moroney were bridesmaids. 
Andrea Benoit did a reading. Debi 
is the vice president of develop- 
ment for Boys & Girls Clubs of 
MetroWest. Shelby and her hus- 
band, Leslie, live in Phoenix and are 
both attorneys. Meghan is in Bos- 
ton working in public relations and 
is engaged to marry Chris Magner. 
Heather and her husband Jeff live 
in Arkansas and just welcomed a 
son, Justin Garrigan Hentz. Justin 
joins his sister Samantha Elizabeth 

(three). Kellie lives in Boston, 
teaches middle school and just 
completed her first 5K! • Also in 
attendance were Kathy Barry, 
who is a prosecutor in FL where 
she lives with her husband Hank 
and daughter Ellie; Ann-Marie 
Breen, a social worker ran her 
first Boston Marathon and quali- 
fied to run it again - maybe with 
her husband Tim McMullan who 
just completed the Flying Pig 
Marathon in Cincinnati; Deb 
Wardlow Brown, a social worker, 
who is moving to Minneapolis 
with her sons Michael(three) and 
Christopher(one) and husband 
Mike; Barbara Healey, director 
of development for the Renssalear 
County Association of Retarded 
Citizens in Albany, NY, who was 
joined by husband Rob Puglisi 
and daughter Allison; and Janine 
Dionne Saks, a physical thera- 
pist, who with husband Steve Saks 
'92 and daughter Maddie(one) will 
be settling in Washington, D.C. 


Paul L. Cantello 

The Gotham 

255 Warren Street 

Apt. 813 

Jersey City, NJ 07302 

Happy Holidays! There was a 
misspelling in my e-mail address 
two issues ago. We apologize for 
those who got their e-mails 
bounced back to them. Thanks 
for the overwhelming amounts of 
updates. I couldn't fit them all in 
this column, so keep posted! • 
Ann Fralick Fuell and Tony Fuell 
live in Norwalk, Connecticut and 
have two children, Kate (two 
years) and Ted (three months). 
Ann works for KPMG Consult- 
ing and Tony works for 
PriceWater-houseCoopers. • 
Paul Pak recently moved to Los 
Angeles and is working for 
Warner Brothers. • Rolando 
Albuja and his wife Alice had dieir 
first baby on April 12 - a girl 
named Isabel Virginia. • Beth 
Vihlen McGregor and Tom 
McGregor recently moved from 
New York City to Sarasota, 
Florida. Tom is a vice president 
at Bank of America and Beth 
graduated in May with a Ph.D. in 
history from SUNY Stony Brook. 
They have a son Nathan who was 
born in April 1999. • Eric 
Huerter finished his residency in 
Internal Medicine at Emory Uni- 


versity in June 1999. His wife, 
Pamela, finished her residency as 
well, and they both have been prac- 
ticing in Lawrence, Kansas sincejuly 
1999. They welcomed their first 
child, a son, Finnegan Thomas on 
September 15, 1999. 'Lisa Purtell 
and Daniel Ennis were married on 
May 27, 2000 in Chatham, Massa- 
chusetts on Cape Cod. They are 
currently living in Somerville, Mas- 
sachusetts. Daniel is a consultant in 
the Boston office of McKinsey & 
Company and Lisa is working in 
product marketing at EMC prior to 
finishing her last year in the full- 
time MBA program at BC. Among 
the wedding party were Patrick 
Ryan, Geoff Sommerville, Kate 
Miller, and Elizabeth Meola 
Aaron. Mary Ellen Stankewick 
Carignan and Peter Carignan are 
buying a home in Cape Elizabeth, 
Maine. Peter works for Fidelity's 
Investment Center and was recently 
transferred to Portland, Maine. 
Mary Ellen and Peter have two chil- 
dren, Joseph Michael (three years) 
and Grace Elizabeth (one year). • 
Lori Barker is currendy living in 
Jacksonville, Florida working at St. 
John & Partners Advertising as a 
senior account executive. She was 
married on April 8, 2000 to Larry 
Blackburn. The ceremony took place 
outside the Castillo de San Marcos 
(an old Spanish fort) in St. August- 
ine. Bridesmaids included Pamela 
Leve. Guests included several alumni 
from the acappella group "The 
Bostonians" whose toast to the 
couple was to sing "The Lion Sleeps 
Tonight." Peter Fernandez (aka 
Peter Tahoe has been 
acting and playing music in NYC 
for the past seven years. His band 
"Freeze Dried Mushrooms" regu- 
larly plays gigs at Downtime (251 
W. 30th Street, New York City) and 
the Whiskey Bar in Hoboken. • 
Andy O'Hara has been working for 
the pharmaceutical firm, Hoffmann- 
LaRoche as a medical rep for the 
past four years and lives in 
Merrimack, NH with his wife, Kim. 
He is just about finished with his 
MBA from Bentley College. • Rob 
Johnson and Kate McCauley were 
married in Newport, Rhode Island 
on July 1, 2000. There were forty- 
four fellow BC alums in attendance. 
After the wedding, the couple had a 
great two-week honeymoon in Italy. 
Kate is the Director of Marketing 
for Institutional Services at Fidelity 
Investments in Boston. Rob is a US 
Equity Trader for Numeric Inves- 
tors in Cambridge. The couple re- 
sides in Charlestown. Some of our 
classmates who attended the wed- 

ding were: Dave Gesmondi, Jim 
and Hilary Roscoe Singer, Rob and 
Teresa (Savino) Munoz, Chris 
Fleissner, John "Swarty" 
Henderson, Kay Ryan, Melinda 
McLoughlin, and Beth O'Toole. • 
Ronna Reyes Sieh has been work- 
ing at Morgan Stanley since 1998 
after she obtained her MBA from 
Columbia L'niversity. She is cur- 
rently an equity research analyst at 


DECEMBER 1,2000 

Morgan Stanley covering the 
Internet Infrastructure sector. 
Ronna lives with her husband, 
Stephen in Manhattan. • Virna 
Cence has spent the past six years 
in New York City where she 
worked in cosmetics marketing for 
L'Oreal and Borghese and com- 
pleted her MBA in marketing at 
Fordham University. • She moved 
back to Boston in October 1999 
and got engaged to Jay O'Brien. 
Jay is an attorney at Freeman, 
Johson & Aceto in downtown Bos- 
ton. Virna is a Media Supervisor at 
Hill Holliday. • Gina DeAcetis 
Powers celebrated her four year 
anniversary in August. In her years 
since BC, she's completed a Mas- 
ters in Education and a law degree 
from New England School of Law. 
She's a real estate attorney, spe- 
cializing in representing lenders, 
buyers and sellers. If anyone is in 
the market for home buying, look 
her up. • Glen Keenan and wife 
Kathleen had a baby boy JackFlynn 
in October 1999. The couple is 
building a new home in Peabody, 
Massachusetts. • Lauren Fish is 
pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts at 
George Washington University in 
Washington, D.C. • Mike Pratt 
and Lisa Schmitt married in 1 998. 
They bought a new home in Mag- 
nolia, Massachusetts. Lisa is a guid- 
ance counselor at Gloucester High 
School. Mike is a candidate for 
level 3 of the CFA. As for me, my 
firm Schroders was bought and 
merged into Salomon Smith 
Barney, so now I am working for 
part of the Citigroup family. • 
Cristin Foley Richard married 
Alan Richard on June 10, 2000. 
They wer married in trinity Chapel 
on the Newton Campus. Their 
reception followed on St. Mary's 

Lawn and in Gasson Hall. Class- 
mates in attendance included: Jane 
Crowley Dunbar, MaryElaine 
Gardella and Kay Ryan. Cristin's 
friends from the BC Alumni Asso- 
ciation added a lot of fun, especially 
wen the power went out during the 
reception and stayed off for the rest 
of the night! • Kelsey O'Brien 
Garrity was Cristin's Honor Atten- 
dant, Kelsey and her husband John 
just had a baby girl on September 
1st, Maeve Kathleen. Maeve is, ac- 
cording to her Godmother, Cristin, 
absolutely perfect! • Su Lan Chen 
Shediac said a reading at the wed- 
ding. Su Lan had a busy weekend 
recently - in May she graduated from 
B. C. Law School and thenext day 
she married Eric Shediac. Talk about 
overachieving! Their wedding was 
in Trinity Chapel and they ad a 
beautiful reception at Upstairs at 
the Pudding in Cambridge. If any- 
one else out there is working for 
SSB, Citibank, Travelers, etc., look 
me up on the internal company e- 


Gina Suppelsa Story 
83 Main Street, #6 
Charlestown, MA 02129 

Happy holidays all! • James 
Morrissey joined the law firm 
Vedder, Price, Kaufman & 
Kammholz in their General Corpo- 
rate practice area. This year, he re- 
ceived a joint JD and MBA degree 
from DePaul University College of 
Law and Business School. • In 1 999, 
Kerrie Donovan received her MBA 
from Babson College. She accepted 
a position as project manager for the 
Web Technologies group at IDX 
Systems, a healthcare software com- 
pany in Boston. She also got mar- 
ried to Paul McGann that year. They 
bought a home and live in Woburn. 
• Caroline Davis and Juan Carlos 
Cisnado Hadlow are engaged to be 
married. He is originally from San 
Salvador, El Salvador. She recendy 
moved from Chapel Hill, North 
Carolina to Santiago, Chile. • 
Heather Bradford lived in Port- 
land, OR for about four years after 
finishing Jesuit Volunteer Corps in 
'94. She moved back east to attend 
the University of Pennsylvania. She 
completed her bachelors in nursing 
and is continuing on to get her mas- 
ters in nursing midwifery. Heather 
also got married in August of 1999 
to Jeff Gilbert. They live in Center 
City, Pennsylvania. • Susan Selinga 

Larson married Bryan in June of 1 999. 
Four roommates from BC attended 
the wedding. They included Chrissie 
Diffley who resides in Watertown, 
Massachusetts and Erin Harmon who 
lives on Nantucket. Also attending 
were Christina Galmiche Sliwa who 
lives in Boston and Meaghan Connolly 
who lives in New York City. Susan 
and Bryan bought a house in Franklin, 
Massachusetts. She is working at Fi- 
delity Investments in Smithfield, 
Rhode Island doing operations audit 
and analysis. This year, Christopher 
Davison graduated from Albany Medi- 
cal College with an M.D. He moved 
to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he 
has begun his residency in emergency 
room medicine at the University of 
Pittsburgh Hospitals. • Tom Burton 
and wife Leslie welcomed their baby 
girl, Elise Faye in mid August. • Kim 
Gosen and Tom Fowler got married 
this August. It was an all out BC wed- 
ding - even played the BC fight song! 
Kim will be teaching high school at 
Westfield High. Tom will be writing 
his Ph.D. psychology thesis. They will 
be living in New Jersey. I end this 
issue on a sad note. • We lost two 
classmates this summer, Kristin 
Amico Sesselman and Kevin Leyh. 
Kristin passed away in early July after 
a long battle against acute myeloid 
leukemia. She had received her mas- 
ters at BC and was teaching special 
education to eighth and ninth graders 
in Marblehead, Massachusetts prior 
to her death. Kevin passed away in 
May. He was involved in a severe car 
accident in Philadelphia. Our thoughts 
and prayers go out to the families and 
friends of both classmates. 


AlyceT. Hatem-Sader 
33 Clementi Lane 
Methuen, MA 01844 

Hello everyone! I hope summer was 
enjoyable for all. I have a lot of news, 
so here goes! • Patti Rigney married 
Timothy Vale on August 19, 2000 in 
Farmington, Connecticut. Patti is a 
consultant working for Aetna Finan- 
cial Services in Hartford. (Patti is re- 
ally a Web designer for Atena's internal 
financial reporting Web page) Tim 
received his Massachusetts in plastics 
engineering from L T niversity of Mas- 
sachusetts Lowell and works in 
Alanchester, Connecticut. • Brendan 
Coffey married Jeanne O'Brien, a 
Rutgers graduate, on July 22, 2000 in 
Marblehead, Massachusetts. • David 
Gregg was best man. Jeanne is a 
freelance food and wine writer and 



Brendan is a writer for "Forbes 
Magazine" in Manhattan. The 
couple is living in Hoboken, New 
Jersey. • Ann Boehler married Erik 
Ostrowski in July 2000. Erik is cur- 
rently in business school at the Uni- 
versity of Chicago and Ann is a 
producer for, the 
Chicago Tribune's entertainment 
Web site. Bridesmaids included: 
Betsi (Orem) Cogan, Daniela 
Deiuca, Jennifer (Lahr) English 
and Melanie (Zimmerman) 
Zeman. • Lynne Gannon married 
Mikael Andren in June, 2000. The 
couple resides in New York. Brides- 
maids included Julie (Rohr) Golden 
and Stephanie Brunet. Good luck 
and congratulations to all our new- 
lyweds. For some, the next step will 
be to have children. Without any 
further ado, here is the list of future 
BC-ers. • Dara (Williams) Miles 
and her husband Tom has their fist 
child, a baby boy, Ryan Williams 
Miles on July 30, 2000. • Christo- 
pher and Kristina (Torrisi) Greco 
had a baby boy, Nicholas Joseph, on 
February 22, 2000. Chris is working 
at Fidelity Investments and the new 
family has moved to Piano, Texas. 
Congratulations and good luck!! • 
Bob Shea and wife Louise had a 
baby boy, John Patrick (AKAJack), 
on March 2, 2000. • Laura 
Denessen-McLaughlin writes in to 
say hello to her fellow classmates. 
She is a stay-at-home Mom with 
four children, Maria five, Catherine 
three, Jack twenty-one months, and 
Bernadette Anne born February 12, 
2000. Laura teaches fourth grade 
religion at her local parish in West 
Roxbury and she helps her husband 
with his computer company, • Many class of 
'94er's, among other things, are still 
hitting the books. Congratulations 
to those of you who have graduated! 

• Melissa Hegger graduated from 
BC Law in December 1999, passed 
the bar in February and was sworn in 
atFanuel Hall in June. Congratula- 
tions! She walked at graduation on 
May 26, 2000, bringing along her 
daughter Julia to accept her diploma. 
Melissa is currently a law clerk with 
the Massachusetts Superior Court. 

• Sara (Reynolds) Petruska gradu- 
ated, with honors, from the Univer- 
sity of Florida Medical School at 
Gainesville on May 20, 2000. Sara 
will have a four-year residency in 
obstetrics and gynecology at State 
University of New York Stonybrook 
Medial Center on Long Island. • 
Thomas Burns received his Doctor 
ofVeterinary Medicine Degree from 
Tufts University on May 2 1 , 2000. 
He has joined the Veterinary Asso- 
ciates of Cape Cod, located in South 

Yarmouth. Recently, he has returned 
from South Africa, completing a re- 
search project in association with 
the Natal Sharks Board and South 
African White Shark Research In- 
stitute. • David Grebe completed 
his master's degree in journalism 
and is currently working for the As- 
sociated Press in Kansas City. • Su- 
san Crimmins has been accepted 
into the Post-Master's Clinical So- 
cial Work Education Program at the 
Karl Menninger School of Psychia- 
try & Mental Health Sciences. • 
Quinn O'Brien is working at Ogilvy 
and Mather advertising in New York 
City. Quinn was married in Man- 
hattan on June 24, 2000. • Once 
again, the class of '94 donated 
$5 00.00 to the Second Helping Gala, 
which helps the Greater Boston Food 
Bank. Both the BC Alumni Associa- 
tion and the Greater Boston Food 
Bank send their sincere thanks. • 
Kimberly Kozemchack Paster 
asked me to pass on the word of 
thanks. Have a great winter! Let me 
know if anything exciting is happen- 


Megan Gurda Tran 
6969 W. 90th Avenue 
Apt. 821 
Westminster, CO 80027 

Karen Crincoli, CSOM married 
Boston native Michael Begelfer on 
July 1 on the beach in Bermuda. 
Emily Hancock, A& SwasaMaidof 
Honor at the wedding. In atten- 
dance were several other BC'ers in- 
cluding Carolyn and John Nash 
A&S, Brian McBrearity, CSOM, 
Jeanine DeLaCruz Clark, A&S, 
and Mike Hofman '96. Back from 
their honeymoon in Greece, Karen 
and Michael are now settling into 
their new home in Atlanta, Georgia. 
•Vanessa Zielke, A&S is attending 
the Kellogg School of Management 
at Northwestern University in pur- 
suit of her MBA. 'Charles Hurst 
has been awarded a permanent con- 
tract to continue teaching fifth grade 
at Knapp Elementary School in 
North Penn, Pennsylvania. Charles 
became interested in teaching while 
working in a training program for a 
privately owned grocery store chain 
in his hometown. After his first year 
at the grocery store he was asked to 
spearhead programs for grants and 
career initiatives for the North Penn 
School District. He enjoyed work- 
ing with the students so much that 

he decided to pursue a career in 
educadon. He received his M.S. in 
Instruction from Drexel University 
in May 1999 and was hired as a long- 
term substitute for the North Penn 
School District. In addition to teach- 
ing this year, Charles will be com- 
pleting a practicum for Pennsylvania 
principal certification through Bea- 
ver College. He would love to hear 
from his BC friends, hurstcd 
© 'Jason Mandell 
moved out to San Francisco just over 
three years ago after living in Boston 
after graduation. He worked at 
Schwartz Communications, a public 
relations firm, for over 4 years in 
Wellesley and in San Francisco. He 
left the company with two friends 
and formed a new public relations 
company called LaunchScquad. The 
company specializes in launching 
brand new technology companies. 
Fellow grads can reach him at 
jason@launchsquad .com 'On April 
8 Erin Razetti married Joseph Aben. 
The newlyweds knew each other 
since they were children and were 
actually in the same class for seven 
years; however, they do not remem- 
ber ever speaking to each other! It 


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was not until Erin graduated from 
BC that they ran into each other and 
began dating. Erin is currently work- 
ing towards her Masters in Social 
Work at the University of Mary- 
land. Her goal is to become a psy- 
chotherapist and work with children. 
She and her husband own ProFitness, 
Inc., a personal training company, 
which is rapidly expanding through- 
out Maryland. They happily reside 
in Annapolis, Maryland. •Stephen 
Mabry and Megan Matviak are 
engaged!! An August 2001 wedding 
is planned at St. Ignatius Church. 

Stephen is a third year dental stu- 
dent at New York University Col- 
lege of Dentistry. Megan is a school 
psychologist. 'Darren DeGioia was 
married on July 8, 2000 to Rebecca 
Hollis in a beautiful ceremony in the 
Napa Valley, California. Mike 
McSweeney and Chris Chitko were 
groomsmen. Jim Stewart and 
Ashlee Cumello (Bunt) were 
guests. Darren and Rebecca now live 
in Maryland. 'After graduation 
Roshan Rajkumar received a Ro- 
tary Fellowship and spent two years 
in Australia. Roshan completed his 
masters of political science and In- 
ternational Relations at ANU in 
Canbera. While in Australia he dove 
the Great Barrier Reef, did a walk- 
about in the Outback, and played for 
the ATP Satellite Circuit for tennis! 
Upon his return to the United States 
he decided to attend law school at 
the University of Minnesota Law 
School. During his three years at 
the University of Minnesota Roshan 
worked as a criminal prosecutor for 
the Hennepin County Attorney's 
Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
Upon graduating this past May he 
accepted a position with Mahoney 
& Hagberg, PA. in Minneapolis, 
Minnesota. Roshan works in the 
firm's corporate and commercial liti- 
gation unit, as well as dabbling in 
some corporate transactional work. 
Besides working, Roshan is Trea- 
surer for the Minnesota Boston Col- 
lege Alumni Club. He is joined by 
Tara Baker, who is working in mar- 
keting for Target Corporation. 
Roshan lives in a suburb of Minne- 
apolis. 'Tom Jennings is living in 
the Back Bay, while working for 
Summitpartners in Boston. 'Phil 
Pergola is living in Brookline, while 
working for Eggrock in Milton, 
Massachusetts. He also spearheads 
the BC Crew Alumni Network with 
Sharon Grazzio '93. Dave Baker is 
living in Malibu, California while 
working for Paxton Automotive. He 
sells superchargers, while driving 
really cool cars! 'Sam Barone is a 
Lieutenant in the Unitied States Air 
Force, and is currently stationed in 
Korea. He graduated for Penn State 
Medical School, and is now a F-14 
fighter squadron's flight doctor. 
•Kevin McGee has left the United 
States Army and is now an F.B.I. 
agent in Southern California. 'At- 
torney John L. McKee has recently 
joined the law firm of Roche, Carens, 
& DeGiacomo, P.C. He concen- 
trates his practice in the areas of 
business law and civil litigation, and 
is the author of Web Page Links: 
Issues Facing Today's Clients," 
which appeared m Massachusetts Law- 
yersWeekly. Priortograduatingfrom 


BC Law School, McKee clerked for 
Congressman Edward J . Markey and 
served as research assistant to the 
Dean of the Boston College Law 
School, Aviam Soifer. 'John E. 
Matosky has joined the Boston law 
firm of Burns & Levinson LLP. John 
is an associate in the firm's Tort and 
Insurance Group. He received a 
J.D. degree, aim laude, from Boston 
University in 1998. He served as an 
editor of the Boston University Public 
Interest Law Journal, and was recog- 
nized as an Edward F. Hennessey 
Distinguished Scholar. Daniel 
Hanlon has earned a Mast of Busi- 
ness Administration degree at the 
College of William & Mary School 
of Business. 


Kristina D. Gustafson 

Cambridge Court #25 

West 206 - 8th Ave. 

Spokane, WA 99204 

(509) 624-7302 

Happy Holidays Class of 1996! I 
hope the season is keeping each of 
you feeling festive and full of joy! 
After almost five years of acting as 
your class correspondent, this will 
be the last update that I will relay to 
you. I have greatly enjoyed your 
many letters, and I thank you for 
your kindness. I will be passing the 
torch on to our former Heights Edi- 
tor Mike Hoffman, and I am confi- 
dent that he will keep you informed 
on all of the nitty-gritty of our class. 
On to the news, classmates Tony 
Mullin and Maureen Miller were 
engaged in Paris and are planning to 
be married in the summer of 2001. 
Maureen works at Anderson Con- 
sulting and Tony works at Fidelity 
Ventures. Joshua Koran acquired 
his Juris Doctorate from Hastings 
College of Law and a Masters of 
Business Administration from Ox- 
ford University. Joshua is now work- 
ing as a product marketing manager designingsoftware 
that helps online businesses under- 
stand the behavior of Web site visi- 
tors to accelerate customer 
acquisition and increase profitabil- 
ity. Daniel McDonald lives in Ja- 
pan and works for the Ministry of 
International Trade and Industry as 
an editor and translator. Dan asks 
that if anyone would like to email 
him in Japan his address is Michelle 
Massiglia and Stephen Goldner 
were married on June 17, 2000 at the 

Newton Chapel on the Newton 
Campus. Bridesmaids included 
Rebecca Gird, Marianne Varhue, 
and Stephanie Earls Paredes. 

Michelle received a master's degree 
in occupational therapy from Tufts 
University and is currently em- 
ployed by St. John's Mercy Medical 
Center as an occupational therapist, 
Steve works as accounting supervi- 
sor of rental at Enterprise. The 
couple currently resides in St. Louis, 
Missouri. MicheleFigueiredowas 
recently engaged to Schuyler Ha- 
vens and Amy Schoeffield and Cara 
O'Brien will be bridesmaids in the 
wedding. Daphne Smith is teach- 
ing fifth grade in Atlanta. Sue 
Schau-Kenney and Brendan 
Kenney are proud parents of their 
first son William Fitzgerald. Will- 
iam was born on July 2 1 , 2000 and 
he weighed eight pounds and ten 
ounces. Congratulations to the new 
parents! Have a glorious holiday 
season, and I thank you again for all 
ofyour stories over the years. Cheers 
to the Class of '96! 


Sabrina M. Bracco 
1371 First Ave., 4R 
New York, NY 10021 
(212) 249-9110 

My apologies for the absent class 
update last magazine. Unfortunately 
while I was practicing the art of 
being carefree and on vacation, I 
missed my deadline. I must say, 
though, while I was busy being irre- 
sponsible, I thoroughly enjoyed my 
July 4th weekend in Newport, RI 
with Margo Rivera, Sarah Nist and 
Tracey Maffeo. We even bumped 
into a few fellow alumns over the 
course of our few days there includ- 
ing Megan Kerrigan, Mike Razinski, 
Kate Murphy, Dave Baffa and Kevin 
Penwell. Meanwhile in other parts 
of New England, the Fourth of July 
weekend kicked off with a grand ol 
wedding in Hingham, where Tucker 
Stine married Jennifer Tulis (00. 
Matt Tulis, Jennifer's brother and 
Tucker's college roommate, led the 
celebratory toast as the best man. 
Jim Dowden, Pete Ekowicki and 
Phil Whiting were groomsmen. 
Several of Tucker's other room- 
mates made the trip including Pat 
Farmer, Robert Greenip, Will 
Lennox and Andrew Wendel who 
flew in from San Francisco with 
Linda Song. Rcbyn Winters was 
also in attendance. Fun was had by 

all including the few proud gradu- 
ates who started singing the BC fight 
song. Best wishes to the happy couple 
who after honeymooning in Flawaii, 
moved to California, i While some 
of us were gathering on the east 
coast for the fourth, others were 
heading west for another special 
wedding the following weekend. In 
Calabasas, CA, Lisa Lopez (now 
Trifiletti) and Steve Trifiletti were 
married while the sun set over a 
large gathering of college friends 
and family. It was a beautiful wed- 
ding ceremony followed by a fabu- 
lous party complete with a jamming 
Motown band. The wedding party 
included Loraine Cenedella, Patty 
McCabe, and Jose Tamayo. Among 
the many BC i97ers who attended 
the wedding were Julie (Hurrie) 
Tamayo, Craig Transue, Bill 
Varrichio, Ted Laubinger and fiancE 
Sara Simond (wedding scheduled for 
April 2001), Jay Baldinelli, Sabrina 
Bracco, Mark Burrell, Rob Salvatore, 
James Dejulio, Andy DiFeo, Tim 
Goldberg, Eric Morgan and fiance 
Renee Gorski (wedding scheduled 
for June 2001), Sarah Rehm, Anjalee 
Nirgudkar, Laura Thompson, Erin 
Croddick, Brian Connell and fiancE 
Kristin Copps (wedding scheduled 
for November 2000). Mr. and Mrs. 
Trifiletti finished off the celebra- 
tion with a honeymoon on the island 
of Kauai. After the Connell wed- 
ding, Brian and Kristin will be mov- 
ing to Cambridge this winter where 
Brian will begin the Harvard MBA 
program. On July IS, Martha 
McMahon (now Gosselin) and Grant 
Gosselin were married at St. 
Bernard's Church in West Newton. 
Their reception was in Millis and 
the honeymoon was on the Hawai- 
ian Islands of Oahu and Kauai. The 
bridal party included BC '97 grads: 
Robert Lafferty (best man), Julie 
Locke (maid of honor), Stephen 
Walkauskas (groomsman), Jessica 
Mercer and Kristin Moan (brides- 
maids). Other classmates in atten- 
dance were Tim Powers, Matt 
Resteghini, Christopher Popadic, 
Joseph Palmisano, SJ, Debra 
Basilicato, Wendy Marcinkus, Eliza- 
beth Hahesy, Anil Kumar, and Jen- 
nifer Coyne Kimball. Matt D'Amico 
got married on August 13th to Jenifer 
Gentile, in White Plains NY. Matt 
just graduated from Pace Law School 
and is going to practice law in his 
hometown of White Plains. Jen will 
be pursuing a job as a teacher. Mark 
Runde and Melissa Stammer (now 
Runde) got married on August 1 9 at 
St. Ignatius. They are now living in 
Hudson. Melissa continues to teach 
6th grade at Curtis Middle School in 
Sudbury, and Mark is still working 

as a commercial real estate appraiser 
at Joseph J. Blake and Associates in 
Boston. Their wedding was attended 
by many BC '97 grads. Ed Pepe, 
Keith Yablonicky, Jason Balfe, and 
Jason Sorvillo were groomsmen, and 
Lauren Cleaveland and Maggie 
Carry were readers. Guests included 
Pete Foley, Lauren Stiles, Brian 
Dingman, Mike Lawlor, Mike 
Kovacs, Matt Doyle, Matt Noon, 
Julie Tucker, Becky Brizzell, Chris- 
tine Hansen, Marybeth Gerson, Ja- 
son Keenaghan, Alina Gural, Pat 
Brogan, Greg Kirby, and Lara 
Pasquantonio. i Phil Merola wrote 
in to congratulate Danielle 
LoPiccolo and Stephen Salhany i'93 
who are engaged to be married June 
2, 2001. Danielle and Steve both live 
and work in Boston. Mercedes 
Murallo completed the Kona Mara- 
thon on June 2 5 th of this year for the 
American Diabetes Association. 
Each participant raised a minimum 
of $3500 dollars and between 1100 
runners and walkers, thev raised $3.5 


DECEMBER i, 2000 

million! Pretty amazing! Mercedes 
enjoyed every minute of the race and 
it has left her feeling as though she 
could conquer anything, i' After al- 
most 3 years in California, Kevin 
Mitchell is moving back to Boston 
with his girlfriend. He'll be staying 
with his present company, 
Infonetics Research, and starting a 
new Boston operation. Brian 
Matteson and Keith Vivona finished 
their graduate workat the University 
of Maryland. Keith is living and 
working in New York while Brian 
will be working fortheOfficeofthe 
PresidentinDC.MattKellyjust re- 
turned from a trip to Europe and has 
planted himself back in Massachu- 
setts. Spiros Giannaros is a world 
traveler for a start-up in Mass and 
was the best man in Tony Cella's 
Augustwedding. Chris Vigeant 
works for Met Life in Newjersey. 
Michael Chevalier works at 
Standish, Ayer, and Wood and lives 
in Brookline. Over the course of the 
next two years, we'll be having class 
gatherings in a couple of the major 
cities in an effort to bring us to- 



gether and raise funds. I encourage 
you all to attend. Feel free to contact 
me if you'd like to be put on your 
local '97 mailing list (sabrina 


DECEMBER 1,2000 


Mistie Psaledas 

2934 Dean Parkway, Apt. #206 

Minneapolis, MN 55416 

I would like to dedicate this column 
to Peter(Sonny) Nicktakis, who 
passed away on August 6 after a long 
battle with cancer. • Brian O'Brien 
received his Masters in Education 
from Notre Dame last July. Brian 
has taught for 2 years at Bishop Kelly 
High School as an "ACE", Alliance 
for Catholic Education at Notre 
Dame University, teacher. He re- 
cently won the De LaSalle Award. 
Congrats! • Stacey Massignan, af- 
ter a year with the Jesuit Volunteer 
Corps, traveled to Thailand and 
around the United States. She works 
as a Human Resources Generalist at 
Landor Associates in San Fransico. 
• Meredith MacDonald, who lives 
with Stacey, works as the Sex and 
Relationships Editor for an Internet 
start-up. • Liz Arruda is a nanny in 
San Francisco. • Nicole Lako and 
Katie McGee are working in the 
nonprofit sector, also in San Fran- 
cisco. • Jess Dispena and Pete 
Walters were engaged over the July 
Fourth weekend. • Erika Dreyer 
got engaged to Jim Morris (BU '98) 
and will be married in June 2001 in 
Florida. Erika started a Ph.D. pro- 
gram in Economics at the Univer- 
sity of Michigan in August. • 
TerRance Woodward, who began 
his third year at Columbia Law 
School and Suzanne Carroll, a 
Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program 
at Fordham University are also en- 
gaged. Jen McDonough got mar- 
ried on September 9 to Sean Rooney, 
her high school sweetheart. • 
Connie Tessitore is engaged to 
Andrew Krauza, and they planned 
a June 2, 1001 wedding. Connie is 

an intensive care unit nurse in a 
hospital north of New York City and 
Andrew received his Masters of Sci- 
ence in Administrative Studies at 
BC and works at a Research firm in 
New York City. • Nidhi Goel was 
married in August to Rob Pardue in 
West Palm Beach. • On August 
Fourth, Bill Wallace and Tricia 
Landry were married in Saco, Maine. 
Groomsmen included John Nugent 
and Rob Mazzeo. Michelle 
George was a bridesmaid. Also in 
attendance were: Neal Bailey, Chris 
DeAngelis, Ralph Giordano, and 
Christina Weber. Bill and Trish 
both received their Masters Degrees 
this past May and (GSOE) and are 
living in Wakefield, Massachusetts. 
• Cecelia Cho got married over the 
summer. • Mike O'Donnell is work- 
ing at Fidelity in Boston. • Ken 
Richardson is working Price 
Waterhouse Coopers. Ken passed 
his CPA exam and is now a Senior 
Associate Accountant. • Wes 
Holmes, finished his second hear at 
BC Law and worked this summer at 
Latham Watkins Law. • Glen 
Reneau, is working forTeksystems 
in Orange County, California. » 
Damian Stafford completed is first 
two years in the Peace Corps, in 
Djougou Benin, West Africa where 
he has been teaching Chemistry and 
Physics to high school level students 
in French. • Bradford Stoesser has 
been working at Morgan Stanley 
Dean Witter in Manhattan as a se- 
curities analyst. • Michaela Ranes 
stayed at BC after graduation and 
got her masters. She spent five 
months in Oxford doing research 
towards her degree, and patented a 
drug as a novel chemotherapy for 
brain tumors. She rang in the mil- 
lennium with Jen Shi in London 
and began TuftsMedical School this 
fall. • Samir Bhavnani(Sonny) is 
working for a company called Com- 
puter Economics in Carlsbad, Cali- 
fornia. • Tara Foster finished her 
first year of teaching science at a 
private school in Sand Diego. She 
went back to school this fall to get 
her Master's in Education. She also 
ran the San DiegoMarathon. • Matt 
Paul was living in San Diego work- 
ing for a bio-tech. In September he 
moved up to Berkeley to get his 
Ph.D., a five year program. • Dan 
Galaburda is attending law school 
at Georgetown. • Greg Llegel fin- 
ished his Fulbright in Germany, and 
stayed there to work with Yahoo! • 
Robyn Brushette is at Stanford 
getting her Masters. • Mike Hoisnki 
is living in Los Angeles and working 
for a Public Relations firm. • Tyson 
Lowery started a new job in August 
in Stamford, Connecticut as an e- 

Commerce ProjectManager for our 
Commercial Real Estate division. 
This past summer he traveled to 
Los Angeles wi th fellow alumnijosh 
Yocum, Brad Belden and Derek 
Koget to visit Brian D'Andres, 
Brian Albert and Mike Marr. • 
Colleen McGuire ran a marathon 
this fall in Dublin, Ireland to raise 
money for Leukemia. Colleen has 
been recertified as an Aerobics in- 
structor and is teaching Tae-Bo, 
Body Works and Funk Aerobics. • I 
am still in Minneapolis working as a 
Senior Promotion Planner for all 
General Mills child cereals. I ran 
the Twin Cities marathon in Octo- 


Emily Frieswyk 

141 Lake Shore Road #1 

Brighton, MA 02135 


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jane T. Crimlisk '74 

416 Belgrade Ave. Apt. 25 

W. Roxbury, MA 02132 

Mary P. Moran '88 was recently 
promoted to vice president at MET 
Bank in Buffalo, New York. Mary is 
a financial audit manager respon- 
sible for the commercial portfolio. 
Congratulations, Mary on your pro- 
motion and good luck. • Thomas J. 
Casey moved to Cincinnati last fall 
to take a position with Key Bank as a 
vice president of cash management 
operations. Good luck, Tom in your 
new position and hope you like Cin- 
cinnati. • Virginia Thuler '68 has 
recently been appointed secretary to 
Chief Justice Marshall of the Su- 
preme Judicial Court for the Com- 
monwealth. Congratulations and 
good luck, Ginny in your new posi- 
tion. In the spring I went on a pil- 
grimage to Rome and the Holy Land. 
It was a grace filled and joy filled 
time. Reading Scripture takes on a 
whole new meaning. • Prayers and 
condolences are extended to the 
families of Mary E. Norton '60 and 
Mary W.(WeIch) Peters wife of 
Bruce J. Peters '73, who have died. 


Dean Michael A. Smyer 
Boston College 
McGuinn Hall 221A 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 
(617) 552-3265 


Boston College 
Campion Hall 126 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 
(617) 552-4233 

Janet Dauray, Ph.D. '93 (counsel- 
ing psychology) is starting her sixth 
year as psychologist at Montserrat 
College of Art, Beverly, Massachu- 
setts. She's also active teacing at 
Salem(Massachusetts)State College 
and is the mother of a teenager. • Be 
sure to check out the revised Lynch 
School Web site at 


Elizabeth Ann Corman 
Boston College 
Fulton Hall 154-A 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 
(617) 552-8868 
FAX: (617) 552-1521 

Roland Tang, '87, was named Di- 
rector of Business Development for 
Erland Constructionis Commercial/ 
Institutional Division. Pablo 
Gomez-Trenor, '90 is living in 
Madrid, Spain and is a Senior Man- 
ager for Deloitte Consulting in their 
IT division. J. William Butzner, 
'90 is the Manager of Internal Audit 
at Cooper Cameron Corporation in 
Houston, TX. Joseph R. Nolan, Jr 
, '85, '91, was appointed Senior Vice 
President of Corporate Relations for 
NSTAR in Boston, Massachusetts. 
Dave and Amy (Harrison) 
Goldberg, both class of '92, re- 
cently moved to Falmouth, Maine 
with their daughter Isabelle. Dave 
has joined a B2B Internet startup as 
director of marketing communica- 
tions. Burak Talu, '96 is the Senior 
Vice President at DQR, an internet 
company in Istanbul, Turkey. 
Darrin Wizst, '96 recently accepted 
the position of Regional Vice Presi- 
dent for Foundation and Endow- 
ment Sales at Citizens Securities, 
Inc. in Portsmouth, New Hamp- 
shire. John Tonkin, '96 is an Equity 
Analyst for Osar Gruss & Son in 
New York City. Jean Donnelly, '97 
wed Peter Schnorr on Oct 2 1st in 
Auburn NY. Jean has recently joined 
the Carroll School of Management 
team as assistant director of MBA 
Admissions after a career in public 
relations at Pepsi and Ann 
Taylor.Ted O'Hanlon, '97 is living 
and working in New York City as an 
associate in the Corporate Leasing 
area of The Staubach Company.Tim 
Cooke,'98 recently joined KPMG 
as a Financial Services Consultant. 
John Pallies, '98 left the world of 
consulting to join classmate Tom 
Strachan at Akamai Technologies 
in Cambridge, MA. Edward 
Hennigan, '98 is working as a busi- 
ness analyst for The Reference in 
Boston and lives in Falmouth, MA 
with his wife Julie. Francisco 
Coronado, '99 is working for Best 
Foods as an Assistant Manager in 
their International Development 
division. He will be doing sales and 
marketing for brands such as 
Hellman's and Knorr's in the Middle 
East and the Carribean. Amanda 
Gordon, JD/MBA, '00 writes that 
she has moved to Washington, DC 
to begin her job as an attorney exam- 

iner for the Securities Exchange 
Commission. Scott Kokka, JLV 
MBA, '00 has moved to Palo Alto 
California where he is the co-founder 
and director of business develop- 
ment for Tresidder Networks, Inc. 
Alumni interested in working in the 
Silicon Valley area can contact him 


Laurel Eisenhauer 
Boston College 
Cushing Hall 202 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 
(617) 552-4279 

Martha A. Q. Curley (PhD '97) has 
received Certification Corporation 
Special Contributor Award from the 
American Association of Critical 
Care Nurses. Martha also is the first 
director of Children's Hospital 
Boston's Center for Clinical Inno- 
vation and Scholarship in Pediatric 
Nursing. • Ellen Robinson (MS '83, 
PhD '97recently published an ar- 
ticle on wives' struggle in living 
though treatment decisions for hus- 
bands with advanced Alzheimer's 
Disease in the Journal of Nursing 
Law. • Carolyn M. Hayes (PHD 
'99) received a Dissertation Award 
from GSON for her dissertation: : 
Deciding to Withhold/Withdraw 
Life-Sustaining TreatmentFrom In- 
competent Adults Following Unan- 
ticipated, Catastrophic Illnesses: A 
Phenomenological Study of Surro- 
gate Decision Makers' Experiences. 
Carolyn is a nurse researcher at 
Brigham and Women's Hospital. • 
Carol Picard (PhD '98 ) is Presi- 
dent-Elect of the International As- 
sociation for Human Caring. • Robin 
Whittemore (PhD '00) who gradu- 
ated in May 2000 received the GSON 
Dissertation Award for : A Coaching 
Intervention to Integrate Lifestyle 
Change in Adults with Non-Insulin 
DependentDiabetesMellitus. Robin 
also has been awarded a post-doc- 
toral fellowship at Yale University 
School of Nursing.i'Tohn Murray 
(MS '93 ), Barbara Wolfe(PhD '95 ), 
and Gail Pisarcik Lenehan(MS 72) 
have been selected as Fellows in the 
American Academy of 

Nursing.ijeanette Clough (MS'82) 
is the CEO of Mt Auburn Hospital 
and first nurse to head a Harvard 
teaching hospital. 


Sr. Joanne Westwater, RCS '55 
57 Avalon Ave. 
Quincy, MA 02469 
(617) 328-5053 


Vicki Saunders 

Boston College Law School Magazine 

885 Centre Street 

Newton, MA 02459-1163 




Martin S. Ridge '67 
3117 West Meadow Drive 
Phoenix, AZ 85023 
Home: 602-942-1303 

Los Angeles 

Harry Hirshorn '89 
884 Chautauqua Blvd. 
Pacific Palhsades, CA 90272 
BC Business: 310-288-3677 

The City of Los Angeles has awarded 
the local Boston College Club its 
annual Irving M. Thalberg award 
for excellence in alumni relations. 
Several BC alumni were on hand for 
the very prestigious ceremony that 
was held at the Beverly Hills Hilton 
in October. The very elegant egg- 
shaped crystal award will be on dis- 
play at Joxer Daly's in Culver City 
through the spring. This past fall 
featured several very successful 
events that have included the Ail- 
American Soap Box Derby; Save the 
Pico Lanes Bowl-A-Thon; the First 
Annual Who-Wants-to-be-on-the- 
Fi e Id -Wh en- We-P lay-Temple 
Contest; and hearty congratulations 
are in order for Mae Joyce '88 for 
taking home the gold in the all-you- 
can-eat hotdog competition held at 
the legendary Pinks restaurant in 
Hollywood. By the way, I would like 
to put to rest the inaccurate rumor 
that has Sean Puffy Combs firing 
bullets at the BC bus during the 
House Tours event. The closest this 
tour got to an altercation was when 
the driver honked at Phyllis Diller 
and she offered us an unflattering 
hand gesture. If you would like to be 
included in mailings and future 
events, please contact Harry 
Hirshorn '89 via email at Club 
dues are always welcome and appre- 
ciated. Checks can be made out to 
the BC Club of LA and sent to Harry 
at 1250 10th Street#7,SantaMonica, 
CA 90401. 

Northern California 

Gail Lynam Dutcher '78 
225 San Antonio Way 
Walnut Creek, CA 94598 
Home: 510-938-2428 

The second half of the year has been 
a busy one for the BC Club of North- 
ern California. We started off with a 
grand meeting and had Father Leahy 
as our featured speaker. He brought 
everyone up to date on the Capital 
Campaign as well as all the news 
from the Heights. We that took in 
our annual Red Sox game as they 
came to town to take on the Oakland 

A's. Both events were sold out and 
brought out a lot of new faces. The 
club kept up its active schedule with 
the first Bay Area golf tournament. 
This event was an instant hit and 
sold out very quickly. Next year we 
will expand die playing field and 
possibly have a South Bay location 
to match Harding Park. Our next 
event, a Harbor Cruise, was a joint 
venture with the Holy Cross Club of 
the Bay Area. It was tremendous and 
a grand time by both clubs. It coin- 
cided with Fleet Week and this just 
added to the gorgeous night. Our 
annual ND/BC football viewing had 
great turn outs at all three locations. 
It is nice to be able to watch a BC 
game with lunch instead of dinner. 
We will continue to do multiple lo- 
cations and hope to add Sacramento 
next year. Our last event of the year 
is our annual Toys for Tots Christ- 
mas Party. Our location over looked 
the Golden Gate Bridge and really- 
capped off a tremendous year for the 
club. We look forward to seeing you 
at an event in 2001. 

Orange County 

John F. Sullivan '50- 
Two Byron Close 
taguana Niguel, CA 92677 
Home: 714-240-1820 

San Diego 

John L. Frasca '83 

Century 21 All Star Realty 

13161 Black Mountain Road, Ste. 9 

San Diego, CA 92129 

BC Business: 760-752-6363 

The BC Alumni Club of San Diego 
has enjoyed a great year. On August 
5, 2000, the Club 'held its picnic/ 
freshman send-off at D'Anza Cove 
on Mission Bay. In addition to en- 
joying great food and weather, the 
picnic also gave the Club the oppor- 
tunity to welcome incoming fresh- 
man and their families to the BC 
community. The Club gave each of 
the incoming freshman $50 gift cer- 
tificates for the BC bookstore as a 
"welcome to BC" present. On Au- 
gust 19, 2000, we wentto the races in 
Del Mar with the Boston College 
Alumni Club of Orange County. We 
had a great time, and a couple of 
people may have won a small amount 
of money. On Saturday, October 14, 
2000, the Club held its second golf 
tournament of the year. Many alumni 
and their friends enjoyed great 
weather, food, prizes, and the four 
person scramble format at Castle 
Creek Country Club in Escondido, 
California. On November 1 1, 2000, 
we joined with the Notre Dame Club 
of San Diego for our annual football 
battle. The spirited BC Club easily 

shouted down the fans of the Fight- 
ing Irish. On Tuesday, January 9, 
200 1 , the Club will host current stu- 
dents for a Career Networking 
Evening. We will also be gathering 
to watch BC hockey and basketball 
games with rival alumni clubs, and 
look forward to community service 
event and golf tournament in the 


Robert F.X, Hart '60 

2801 East 7th St, Avenue Parkway 

Denver, CO 80206 

Home: 303-329-6939 

Work: 303-792-9900 

A Colorado Rockies baseball game 
outing tipped off this summer's ac- 
tivities for the BC Club of Colorado. 
President Kip Doran '68 and the 
rest of his four-Eagle household 
(Maureen '69, Alison '00 and 
Meghan '03) continued their tradi- 
tion of hosting the thirteen newest 
Eagles from Colorado and their 
families at the freshman sendoff. The 
club officers had not one, but two 
weddings this summer- Webmaster 
Michael Garnsey '93 to Michelle 
Deters in Cincinnati, OH and VP 
Barbara Sullivan 79 to Chip Roehrig 
in Wellesley, MA. The good news is 
that Julie Groves '93 and husband 
Matt '93 are expecting their second 
child shortly after the first of the 
year, but it means she will have to 
give up her club secretarial duties. 
John Pirnat '70 has graciously- 
agreed to serve as secretary, and will 
have big shoes to fill. Kudos for Bob 
Hart '60 who has begun a master's 
program at the Weston School of 
Theology and for Harriet Mullaney 
N'70 who has started at the Iliff 
School of Theology in Denver. 
Harriet has also ascended to the co- 
presidency of the Colorado Alumni 
of the Sacred Heart. Way to go! 
This summer, we achieved a long 
discussed goal of beginning to share 
some events with otherjesuit Alumni 
groups in the Denver area. Along 
with the Denver chapter of the Uni- 
versity of Santa Clara alumni, we 
had an August picnic and joined them 
in helping to supply the newly 
formed Jesuit Volunteer Corps Mid- 
west house in Denver. Joe Glasman 
'92, our local admissions coordina- 
tor, helped host Admissions Direc- 
tor John Mahoney at the annual BC 
night in Denver for high school se- 
niors in September to the usual full 
house. Under the direction of Dan 
Murphy '70, the club sponsored a 
reception for alumni and the Eagle 
hockey faithful on October 2 1 , when 
the team traveled west to play a two 
game set with die University of Den- 

ver Pioneers in their beautiful new 
hockey arena/sports complex. 


Marco Pace '93 
12 Angela Drive 
Wethersfield, CT 06109 
Home: 860-257-8432 


Carrie L. McNamara '88 
1809 Kenwood Ave. #301 
Alexandria, VA 22302 
Home: 703-578-0714 
Work: 703-748-2780 

The BC Alumni Club of Washing- 
ton DC held a series of happy hours 
and BC football game telecast in the 
summer and fall at local Irish pubs 
and sports bars in the DC area. 
Thanks to Mary Alex Dundics and 
James Carry for taking the lead in 
coordinating these events. In Au- 
gust more than fifty alumni enjoyed 
a night with the Boston Pops at the 
Wolf Trap outdoor theater. A spe- 
cial thanks to Amy Sime for orga- 
nizing this great event. At the Career 
Network reception in September, 
more than thirty alumni shared ad- 
vice and job search tips with alumni 
looking for job career opportunities 
or first jobs in the DC area. Thanks 
Tom Sullivan for hosting the event 
at the NFIB and to Chuck Clapton 
for planning the event. About twenty 
BC volunteers worked at a farm in 
Maryland during a service project, 
also in September, in which we har- 
vested produce for the DC Commu- 
nity Food Bank. This was a terrific 
event for alumni and their families 
to serve the local community. 
Thanks to Christiane Canavan and 
Gayle Phadungchai for organizing 
this worthwhile service project. In 
the fall alumni represented BC at 
various high school seniors recep- 
tions and college fairs to encourage 
area students to apply to and select 
BC as their college.* Planning is 
underway for our annual Christmas 
event and reception in early Decem- 
ber, a Career Network night for cur- 
rent BC Students in January, winter 
happy hours and basketball/hockey 
game telecasts, a golf tournament in 
the early spring, and the Christmas 
in April sen-ice project in late April. 
If you are interested helping plan 
events or service projects, please 
email in Carrie McNamara at 
mailto:macca 1 © or call 
(703)578-0714. We look forward to 
seeing you at our upcoming events! 



Broward & Palm Beach 

Janet C. Cornelia '70 
12338 Old Country Road 
Wellington, FL 33414 
Home: 561-793-2615 
Work: 561-93-1017 

We had a very successful "First An- 
nual Freshman Sendoff" at the home 
of Jan Mercadante. The class of 
2004 is well represented by the fifty- 
five Broward & Palm Beach County 
students. We had a terrific turnout 
with more than fifty freshmen and 
their parents! Jim Baker, Jack 
McDowell, Vivian Dorris and Jen 
Cornelia were on hand to share BC 
experiences and answer questions. 
The students had a chance to meet 
other students from our area and 
perhaps see a familiar face on cam- 
pus during their first days at BC. 
Thank you Jan for planning, orga- 
nizing and hosting this event. I'd 
also like to thank Howard Singer's 
office and Christopher O'Brien in 
the BC Admissions office for their 
help. Our faith in the BC football 
team is constant. We planned a 
"game watch" for the Notre Dame 
game at Pete Rose's Sports Restau- 
rant and a bus trip to the Orange 
Bowl for the BC vs. Miami game. 
We planned a joint affair with the 
Miami Club to tailgate and cheer 
our Eagles on. Our annual partici- 
pation in the Pompano Boat parade 
is always a great way for us Florid- 
ians to get into the Christmas holi- 
day spirit. There may still be time to 
get in on one of our most popular 
events. Parade date is Sunday, De- 
cember 17. Contact me ASAP. We 
have a Career Night, BC Reception, 
Golf Tournament, Day at Polo, Red 
Sox Game, Christmas in Aril, Cruise, 
and BC Book award planned for the 

upcoming months. Don't miss out 
on meeting fellow BC alumni, par- 
ents, and friends. Join our club 
right now. Contact me at for details. Our 
treasurer, John O'FIare will be 
happy to include you to our mail- 
ing list. • I look forward to serving 
on the Alumni Board this year. 
Thankyou for your support! Please 
contact me if I can be of any assis- 
tance to you. My new address and 
telephone is Janet Cornelia, Club 
President, 741 Windermere Way 
Palm Beach Gardens 33418, 561- 

Boca Raton 

PaulK. Duflfey, Jr. 62 

Smith Barney, 1200 N. Federal Hwy„ S. 300 

Boca Raton, FL 33431 

Home: 561-997-7104 

Work: 407-393-1809 


Marietta Calindez '95 
1710 SW 104th Ave. 
Miami, FL33165 

Domingo A. Moreira '95 

Ladex Corp. 

7231 SW 63rd Avenue 

Miami, FL 33143 


Hello everyone! Well, it has been 
an exciting year. We would like to 
thank all our fellow alumni for all 
their support and enthusiasm. First, 
we would like to thank you all for 
joining us at the Palm Sunday Mass 
at Carrolton Sacred Heart School 
to celebrate Mass and brunch with 
other Club Members and the Re- 
gional Clubs of Notre Dame, 
Georgetown, and Villanova. Sec- 
ond, we would like to thankyou for 
joining us at the freshmen send- 
off. It was such a pleasure to see you 

Greece is recognized worldwide as the birthplace of democracy, phi- 
losophy, the arts, and many other social and cultural foundations of 
western civilization. Now, Greece is also the birthplace of the newest 
Boston College Club! The idea of establishing a Boston College Club 
in Greece was first proposed by the U.S. Ambassador to Greece, Mr. 
Nicholas Burns (A&S '78), during a reception for Boston College 
President William P. Leahy, SJ, in June '99. Earlier this year, the 
Boston College Club of Greece was formally established in Athens. 
Club membership includes more than eighty Boston College gradu- 
ates, professors, and former professors living in Greece or with close 
ties to Greece. This past spring, the club held its inaugural reception at 
the residence of Ambassador Burns and formally introduced Boston 
College to over 200 administrators and guidance counselors from high 
schools and universities throughout Greece. In the coming months, the 
club looks forward to representing Boston College at the Fulbright 
LJniversity Fair and visiting high-schools to meet with prospective 
students. Anyone wishing to learn more about the Boston College Club 
of Greece, should contact Nickolaos Travlos (, 
president or Dave Krupinski (dkrupinski ©, general sec- 

all share your experiences at B.C. 
with the incoming freshmen. This 
freshmen send-off was a great op- 
portunity to rekindle our memories 
of B.C. Finally, wc would like to 
thank you for all your cooperation, 
enthusiasm and support during the 
B.C. Eagles v. Miami Hurricanes 
game at the Orange Bowl in Miami. 
The tailgate was a success thanks to 
you all. We hope to keep this tradi- 
tion. If you haven't already joined 
the Boston College Alumni Associa- 
tion of South Florida, please do so. 
We can be reached at BCClubMiami 
© Hope to hear from you all 


Christine M. Pogonis '79 
318 Demsey Way 
Orlando, FL 32835 
Home: 407-291-8805 
Work: 407-299-6050 

Southwest Florida 

Christopher K. Heaslip '86 
5271 Berkeley Drive 
Naples, FL 33962-5472 
Home: 941-793-8015 
Work: 971-649-3245 


Thomas D. Bransfield '89 
135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2118 
Chicago, IL 60603-4484 
Work: 312-236-5907 


Stephen E. Ferrucci '87 LAW '90 
7156 Derston Road 
Indianapolis. IN 46250 
Home: 317-577-97M 
Work: 317-684-6161 

The Boston College Club of Indi- 
ana has had an exciting past six 
months. On July 22 club members 
enjoyed a wonderful picnic dinner 
and the sounds of "Gershwin and 
Friends" under the stars at Conner 
Prairie Settlement in Fishers, Indi- 
ana. On August 6 alumna Ruth 
Vignati hosted our annual Fresh- 
men Send Off at her beautiful home 
on Meridian Street in Indianapolis. 
The Send-Off was very well attended 
by alumni, parents of current stu- 
dents, current students and friends 
of Boston College. We concluded 
our year with a very festive pre- 
game reception hosted by our Club 
at the College Football Hall of Fame 
before the BC v. ND game. More 
than 250 BC fans toured the Hall of 
Fame, lunched and revved up for the 
battle with the Irish. A very heartfelt 
thanks to Mark and Michelle Walker 
and Tim and Anne Finnegan for 
their work with our Club. Michelle 
served as our treasurer and did a 

great job keeping the books straight 
and bills paid. Mark and Michelle 
recently moved back to Boston from 
Carmel, Indiana. Anne served as 
our club secretary and computer 
whiz. Our newsletters will never look 
the same. Many thanks to you from 
all Indiana Alumni. I encourage all 
Alumni new to Indiana or those who 
have yet to take part in our Club to 
contact me. We welcome all! 


Karen '87 and Mark '87 Hare 
68 Brentwood Road 
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107 
Home: 207-767-1838 

Greetings from Maine - "The Way 
Life Should Be!" • This year we 
combined the Freshmen Sendoff 
with a Club Picnic for alumni and 
families at beautiful Fort Williams 
Park in Cape Elizabeth, on August 
13. Despite uncertain weather, the 
event was a huge success due prima- 
rily to the efforts of Alicia and Bob 
Danielson and Gwyneth Maguire, 
with help from many others. Alumni 
had a chance to meet most of the 
members of the Class of 2004 and 
their parents. Current sophomores, 
Ben Delahanty, Jeff Butterworth and 
Matt Harmon provided valuable 
advice and recounted their experi- 
ences as freshmen, which eased much 
anxiety. The event was so successful 
we hope to do it again next year! On 
October 1 4 a rambunctious group of 
forty-five alumni, parents and friends 
traveled by bus to watch the Eagles 
take on the Orangemen from Syra- 
cuse. In addition to spirited fans and 
beverages, the bus was filled with 
coffee, donuts, sandwiches and all 
lots of fun. As always, the B.C. Book- 
store was very happy to see us arrive! 
This was our most successful event 
to date and was sold out with a siz- 
able waiting list. Sign up early next 
year and if there is enough interest 
we will charter 2 buses! Our next 
event will be a cocktail party during 
the winter or early spring. Watch 
for our mailing after the holidays! 
Reminder, if you have not already 
done so, please remit $20.00 payable 
to the Boston College Maine Alumni 
Club, c/o Ken Pierce, 35 Oakhurst 
Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, 041 07. 
Please call or email at to add you or 
someone you know to our mailing 


Eileen O'Connell Unitas '8i 
3808 Saint Paul Street 
Baltimore, MD 21218 
Home: 410-889-3300 


Young Alumni Club of Boston 

Nancy A. Marshall '95 

c/o Boston College Alumni Association 

825 Centre Street 

Newton. MA 02458 

YAC hotline: 617.552.1884 

A new school year has begun, and 
you know what that means - a slew of 
new social, community-oriented, and 
self-development events from the 
Young Alumni Club of Boston. This 
year will feature a ski trip, a three- 
part career series, Party for a Plate, 
Walk on Water Boat Cruise, 
Cleansweep and the traditional 
Christmas Mass. And that's not all! 
There are plenty more fun activities 
planned, and we'd love to hear your 
ideas and thoughts to make this the 
best year yet. • An open invitation is 
extended to all Eagles graduated less 
than ten years to join us at Alumni 
House on the Newton Campus the 
first Wednesday of every month for 
some pizza and planning! • These 
meetings offer a way to network, 
socialize and meet the newly-elected 
2000-2001 Board: President - 
Vincent Ponzo '95, Vice President 
-Rob Tyler '93, Director of Tech- 
nology - Jen Sullivan '94, Trea- 
surer - Christian Baird '99, Director 
of Communications - Courtney 
Fitzgerald '93, Director of Mem- 
bership -Jessica Tamburrino '97, 
Director of Programming - Kim- 
berly Bisset '94. • If you are unable 
to attend meetings but would like to 
hear more about the Young Alumni 
Club (YAC) and upcoming events, 
please visit our Web site: 

Cape Cod 

Richard P- Charlton "54 
40 Clubhouse Drive 
Pocasset, MA 02559 
Home: 508-563-2317 

Western Massachusetts 

Robert T. Crowley '70 
65 Ridgecrest Circle 
Westfield, MA 01085-4525 
Home: 413-568-3995 


Francis J. McCarry '61 
Tucker, Anthony, Inc. 
3070 Main Street, Suite 900 
Worcester, MA 01608 
Work: 800-797-0670 

Southeast Michigan 

Paul '88 and Mary Ann '88 Sextan 
1883 Rome Ave. 
SaintPaul. MN 55116 
Home: 612-696-1181 


St. Louis 

James A, Zoeller '55 
13246 Bon Royal Drive 
Des Peres, MO 63131 
Home: 314-966-0269 


club contact 

The BC Club of Minnesota is en- 
joying growth with a lot of young 
alumni and some fun social events. 
We kicked off the new season with 
a BBQ in July at Steve and Andrea 
Yoch's, the new co-chairs for Min- 
nesota. For the first time in Minne- 
sota, we also have an official bar to 
watch games - O'Donovan's in 
downtown Minneapolis organized 
by our new communications chair 
Mary Moulton. We gathered on 
Saturdays to share the fun of BC 
football and hopefully a few victo- 
ries. In late September, we all gath- 
ered at Claire Edmonson's home 
for the BC-Virginia Tech game. 
We celebrated the holidays on De- 
cember 9 at Marlene Parrella's 
house. We don't have any offical 
dates for 2001 yet, but are looking 
forward to our first ever golf out- 
ing, a group community service 
event and hopefully so BC gather- 
ings for hockey and basketball. 
Anyone who wants to join us can 
contact us at or 


Daniel J. Murphy '78 
7 Cage Road 
Bedford, NH 03110 
Home: 603-472-5342 

Northern New Jersey 

Brian P. Curry '71 

17 Joanna Way 

Summit, NJ 07901 

BC Business: 201-768-7095 

The Boston College Club of New 
Jersey (BCCNJ) coordinated a trip 
to Michie Stadium at West Point 
on September 9 and witnessed the 
Eagles defeat the Black Knights of 
Army. Approximately 700 BC al- 
ums, family and friends participated 
in this event. The West Point pa- 
rade, reserved BC tailgating park- 
ing lot and successful game results 
were highlights of this well attended 
event. Stay tuned for Club mailings 
and alumni Web site with upcom- 
ing events. • Representatives of 
BCCNJ were also present at a 
"Freshman Send-off" at the home 
of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Joel in 

Oradell, New Jersey. Incoming BC 
freshman and their families from 
Morris, Passaic and Bergen Coun- 
ties attended this get together and 
welcomed an impressive NJ fresh- 
man contingent. The BCCNJ wishes 
all New Jersey freshman good luck 
this year. • All interested in becom- 
ing involved in BCCNJ activities are 
encouraged to contact Larry Joel at 


Peter C- Crummey, Esq. '78 
90 State Street, Suite 1040 
Albany, NY 12207 
Home: 518-463-5065 

New York City 

Francis X. Astorino '83 

33 Park Lane 

Essex Fells, Nj 07021 

BC Business: 201-768-7095 


Richard J. Evans 
201 Rutgers Street 
Rochester, NY 14607 
Home: 716-473-2954 


|ohn |. Petosa '87 

201 Wey Bridge Terrace 
Camiluus. NY 13031 
Home: 315-487-6440 

Central Ohio 

John Deleo '86 

4571 Huntwicke Drive 
Hilliard, OH 43026 
Home: 614-529-1986 


Francis A. Cruise '54 
TravelPlex, Grand Baldwin 
117 East Court Street 
Cincinnati, OH 45202 
Work: 513-241-7800 


Denis D. Dunn '88 
2181 Niagra Drive 
Lakewood, OH 44107 
Home: 216-561-0944 


Augustine J. Kidwell '87 
6558 Saw Hill Road 
New Hope. PA 18938 
Home: 215-297-8642 

Several members of The Boston 
College Club of Philadelphia visited 
the Philadelphia Museum of Art on 
Sunday, November 26. We enjoyed 
a guided tour of the "Van Gogh: 
Face to Face" exhibit and a brunch 
buffet. On November 16, we held 
our quarterly meeting and happy 
hour at The Valley Forge Brewing 

Company. We have a number of 
events planned for the winter 
months. Our annual Alumni/Stu- 
dent Career Networking Night will 
be held at Saint Joseph's University 
on January 10. We are looking for- 
ward to seeing the amazing "Penn 
and Teller" at The Merriam The- 
ater on January 27. In addition, we 
will be hosting a club event for the 
Boston College vs. Villanova Bas- 
ketball Game. Please checkyour mail 
for the December issue of "The 
Eagle's Eye of Philadelphia" for all 
of the details. As always, we wel- 
come new members, new ideas, and 
all alumni in the greater Philadel- 
phia region to join us at any and/or 
all of our events. If you have any 
questions, please call John Sherlock 
at 610-219-2460. 

Western Pennsylvania 

Brian '92 and Suzanne '92 Walters 
' 400 Avon Drive 
Pittsburgh, PA 15228 
Home: 412-343-6564 


David P. DiFilippo*87 
Italia USA 

300 Morgan Avenue 
Johnston, Rl 02919 
Home: 401-353-9676 


Christine M. O'Brien '92 
4131 Wycliff Ave., Unit #5 
Dallas. TX 75219 
Home: 214-520-9387 


Thomas M. Lally '73 

University of Washington Alumni Association 

1415 NE45th Street 

Seattle. WA 98105 

Home: 206-328-2933 

The Alumni Club of Washington 
state has an exciting calendar of 
events over the next twelve months. 
We'll be getting together to cheer 
on the Eagles football team when 
they play Virginia Tech, Syracuse, 
and Notre Dame. Community ser- 
vice programs are in the works as 
well. We will also be hosting net- 
working nights on a quarterly basis. 
If you have not received the calendar 
in the mail please contact Dan Wassel 
at dw@ for your 


Andrew C. Docktor '86 
6760 N. Yates Road 
Milwaukee, Wl 53217 
Home: 414-223-4843 



James E. McCabe, Esq. LAW '32 
Sandwich 6/2000 

MatthewJ. Connors EX '36 
GA&S '47 West Roxbury II 

James V. Gibbons, Esq. A&S '36 
Law '39 South Portland, ME 

Marlborough 07/2000 

Innocent I. Egbujie, Rev. G A&S 
72 GA&S 74 GA&S 77 
Cambridge 06/2000 

Ann F. Connolly EC 73 Milton 

Katherine E. Sullivan A&S 76 
Norwood 06/2000 

Roxbury 06/1999 

Garfield C.Norton A&S '51 
Warren 06/2000 

Hannah Moore Branton G A&S 
'53 Atlanta, GA 06/2000 

Robert S. Parks, Jr. CSOM '53 
Boston 05/2000 

James J. Kissell A&S '38 
Kennebunk, ME 03/2000 

Elizabeth E. Dooley EC '39 

Boston 06/2000 
Paul F Shannon EX '39 Riverside, 

RI 05/2000 
Joseph M. Larkin EX '41 WES 

'45 WES '52 Chestnut Hill 

Joseph F. Lyons, Esq. A&S '43 

Law '49 Westwood 07/2000 

Anne L. O'Neill G A&S '46 
South Boston 06/2000 

Francis E. Mullen LAW '47 

Bristol, RI 05/2000 
James A. Donnelly CSOM '48 

Sandwich 07/2000 

James J. Davitt CGSOM '89 West 
Boylston 05/2000 

Kristin Sesselman LSOE '93 
LGSOE '94 Lynnfield 04/ 

Ruth B. Dowd G A&S '29 Natick 

Edward A. Aaron A&S'3 1 G A&S 
'33 Virginia Beach, VA 12/ 

John E. Manzi, Esq. LAW '32 
Shrewsbury 06/2000 

John J. McNeil, MD A&S '38 
Boston 08/2000 

Edward I. Handy, MD A&S '40 
Rockland 07/2000 

Joseph G. Kowalski, MSW G A&S 
'56 Orlando, FL 05/2000 

William J. Althaus CGSOM '58 
Springfield 06/2000 

Anne Hayes, SND G A&S '60 
Ipswich 04/2000 

Raymond F. Keyes CGSOM '60 
Needham 07/2000 

Irene M. Hathaway, RSM G A&S 
'51 Windham, NH 08/1999 

Mary Paulina McCabe, RSM G 
A&S '61 Windham, NH 10/ 

Paul R. Furrer CSOM '62 
Madison, NJ 04/2000 

John J. Nee, Esq. A&S '48 Law 
'50 Roslindale 06/2000 

Francis H. Bellew, USNR A&S 
'41 Noank, CT 07/2000 

Richard H. Gallant CSOM '62 
Slatersville, RI 02/1998 

Edward D. Little A&S '49 
Barrington, RI 04/2000 

John J. McCafferty CSOM '50 
Westwood 07/2000 

John A. Broderick EX '41 Boston 

John F. Murphy A&S '44 
Framingham 08/2000 

Benjamin T. Eisenstadt, Esq. 
LAW '65 Prides Crossing 08/ 

Paula Corbett Fedele LSOE '66 
Brookline 06/2000 

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Sacred Heart Church, Newton, Massachusetts 

continued from page 32 

communion "weekly or even daily," with only the 
required annual confession, Sign magazine had said 
in 1954; "however, we do not recommend that 
practice as ideal, for a fruitful reception of Penance 
is one of the best preparations for a fruitful recep- 
tion of the Eucharist." By 1969, the journal's priest- 
editors had changed their view. It was not only 
"permissible" for one to go to communion without 
first having gone to confession, they said, "it is and 
should be the most usual and normal procedure." 

Other practical matters also contributed to the 
sharp decline of confession in Catholic America. 
Shortages of priests meant that those who re- 
mained were unable to sit for hours in the confes- 
sional as their predecessors had done, though the 

demand that they do so had fallen off before their 
ranks did. What is more, the authorization in 1970 
of Saturday afternoon and evening "anticipation" 
Masses for Sunday got in the way of the traditional 
confession schedule. The result was confusion at 
best, active discouragement of confession at worst. 
Since Saturday Masses proved particularly popular 
with elderly parishioners, the spread of this practice 
siphoned off many of the people who were most 
likelv to retain older habits of regular confession. 

Ill February 1974, nine years after 
the close of Vatican II, the rethinking of confession 
that had been encouraged by the council bore fruit 
with the publication of the Rite of Penance, issued bv 






the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. This 
rite, which officially took effect in the United States 
on Ash Wednesday 1976 as the Sacrament of Recon- 
ciliation, endorsed and retained the traditional form 
of individual, auricular confession. But it also per- 
mitted other options: face-to-face encounters be- 
tween the priest and the penitent, which could seem 
more like individual counseling sessions; communal 
penance services, in which private confession would 
be available (but not required) in the context of a 
public liturgical service; and the possibility of ex- 
panded recourse to general absolution, without indi- 
vidual confession, when circumstances seemed to the 
local bishop to justify it. 

Though these options were initially greeted with 
optimism, particularly by priests, their real impact 
proved to be minimal. In response to a national sur- 
vey in the mid-1980s, 65 percent of American 
priests reported that they were hearing fewer than 
20 confessions per week — a far cry from Fr. Healy's 
175 in a single day — and a majority (58 percent) of 
those few lay people still going to confession said 
that they preferred the anonymity of the confes- 
sional box to a more open-ended, personal conver- 
sation with their confessor in a newly redesigned 
"Reconciliation room." 

Communal Penance services, meanwhile, have 
become a common feature of American Catholic 
life, although in most parishes these are at best 
twice-yearly events, usually once during Advent 
and once during Lent. The idea of general absolu- 
tion, however, never really caught on, though a few 
bishops tried to experiment with it. In December 
1976, some 12,000 Catholics crowded into an arena 
in Memphis, Tennessee, for a "Day of Reconcilia- 
tion" presided over by Bishop Carroll Dozier, who 
offered general absolution at the end of the service. 
Vatican officials swiftly criticized the event, think- 
ing it too broad an application of the new rules. 
Thereafter, such experimentation stopped. 

Does confession have a future? As a historian, I 

am more comfortable describing and analyzing the 
past than predicting the future, but I find it difficult 
to believe that the long lines at the confessionals of 
earlier times will return. In the modern day, the 
power of evil is just as strong as it ever was (maybe 
stronger), but American Catholics no longer un- 
derstand the world and their behavior in it through 
the precise distinctions between mortal and venial 
sins. They are only too fully aware of what Com- 
monweal called "the ambiguity of evil," and they re- 
sort to many sources of moral authority — most 
notably, their own consciences — in facing that am- 
biguity. Even so, for many Catholics, myself in- 
cluded, the disappearance of the traditional form 
for seeking reconciliation, with God and with our 
neighbors, has left a gap that has not yet been filled. 

A long, historical view reminds us that this 
sacrament has not always taken the same shape. 
The early Church practiced public Penance, an ex- 
perience that Christians usually had only once in 
their lives, either at the time of their conversion or 
just before death. Private, auricular confession 
emerged (in Ireland first, then spreading to the rest 
of Europe) only about the sixth century, and the 
idea that believers might seek forgiveness repeated- 
ly and on a regular basis did not become common 
until 200 years after that; annual confession was not 
mandated by the Church until 1215. The warp of 
the present moment is significant but not, after all, 
without precedent. 

We stand today in the same position as Chris- 
tians of the early Middle Ages: The older form of 
confession and absolution is dying out, and what 
the newer form will be is not clear. 

James M. O'Toole 72, Ph.D. '87, is an associate profes- 
sor of history at Boston College and teaches courses on 
American Catholicism and religion. He is the author of 
Militant and Triumphant: William Henry O'Con- 
nell and the Catholic Church in Boston, 1895-1944 
(Notre Dame, 1992). 

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One man's tour of the details 

He is called "the dean of Boston 
history" for his books including 
The Boston Irish (1995), Civil War 
Boston (1997), and Boston Catholics 
(1998). BC's Professor Emeritus 
Thomas H. O'Connor came to 
campus as a freshman out of 
South Boston and graduated in 
1949. He stayed on in the Histo- 
ry Department, where he has re- 
mained for the better part of 50 

years, earning his Ph.D. in 1958. 
O'Connor's latest career move has 
been to assume the post of Uni- 
versity Historian, an event the 
University celebrates in Decem- 
ber with the conference "Boston's 
Histories." In his newest literary 
endeavor, Boston A to Z (Harvard 
University Press, 2000), he shares 
his encyclopedic store of telling 
local elements. Excerpts follow. 



either Unitarian or Episcopalian, Mrs. Gardner be- 
came a Buddhist for a while, before becoming an 
active and devoted High-Church Episcopalian. She 
rode around the city in an elaborate carriage, com- 
plete with two liveried footmen as well as a coach- 
man. She was reported to drink beer, and on one 
occasion strolled down Tremont Street with a lion 
named Rex on a leash. 

YANKEES "Those inhabitants of the United States, 
those from New England, called 'Yankees,'" wrote 
one European visitor in 1810, "are regarded as the 
most knavish, and capable of the most ingenious 
impositions." They carry on a large volume of 
business and resort to "tricks" in order to make 
profits. In dealing with such people, "one needs 
much sagacity and an exact knowledge of their laws 
of trade." 

The reputation of the Yankee as a sharp, canny, 
and slipper}^ trader who operated on the thin edge 
of the law spread during the early 1800s with the 
acquisition of the Ohio lands and the purchase of 
the Louisiana Territory, as Yankee traders moved 
westward, taking their enterprising commercial 
spirit with them. Lugging wooden clocks, kitchen 
gadgets, pots, pans, tinware, and labor-saving de- 
vices on their backs, their horses, or their wagons, 
Yankee peddlers became a familiar sight in towns 
and villages all over the country. "Mammon has no 
more zealous worshiper than your true Yankee," 
wrote a critical English visitor in 1833. "He travels 
snail-like, with his shop or counting-house on his 
back and, like other hawkers, is always ready to 
open his budget of little private interests for discus- 
sion or amusement." 

Pleasure principal: Isabella Stewart Gardner (left) in 1913. 

MRS. JACK Often referred to as Mrs. Jack — though 
never to her face — Isabella Stewart Gardner was 
one of Boston's most energetic, unpredictable, and 
flamboyant citizens. The daughter of a prosperous 
New York dry-goods merchant named David 
Stewart, in 1860 she married John Lowell Gardner, 
son of the last of the East India merchants, and 
moved to the Gardner family home at 1 52 Beacon 
Street as a permanent resident of Boston. With all 
the money she needed (her father left her $3 mil- 
lion), Mrs. Gardner could do whatever she pleased 
and, indeed, was often heard to say, with a wave of 
her hand, "C'est mon plaisir." 

At a time when most Proper Bostonians were 

BRAHMINS It is generally agreed that it was Oliver 
Wendell Holmes, the celebrated author of The 
Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, who first applied the 
term "Brahmins" to the elite members of Boston's 
mid- 1 9th-century social aristocracy. In his 1861 
novel Elsie Vernier, Holmes describes a young 
Bostonian: "He comes of the Brahmin caste of New 
England. This is the harmless, inoffensive, untitled 
aristocracy." Expanding upon this description, 
Holmes refers to the "Boston Brahmins" . . . with 
their "houses by Bulfinch, their monopoly of 
Beacon Street, their ancestral portraits and Chinese 
porcelains, humanitarianism, Unitarian faith in the 
march of the mind, Yankee shrewdness, and New 
England exclusiveness." 

36 FALL 2000 

SAM ADAMS Born in Boston in 1722, Samuel 
Adams was named for his father, a wealthy 
ship owner. Young Sam attended Harvard, 
studied theology and law, and wrote his 
senior thesis on the subject of resistance to 
political authority. After Sam's graduation in 
1740, his father suffered financial reverses, 
and left to his son a brewery business that 
soon slipped into bankruptcy. Sam went into 
politics, held several minor offices, and in 
1756 was elected town tax collector. He 
proved so ineffective at collecting taxes that 
delighted voters elected him to nine one- 
year terms. 

Beer man: Failed tax collector Adams. 

GANGPLANK BILL Gangplank Bill was the high- 
ly irreverent but commonly accepted term used by 
many Boston Catholics to identify His Eminence, 
William Henry Cardinal O'Connell, the impressive 
churchman who ruled over Boston's Roman 
Catholic population during the first half of: the 20th 
century. A portly and lordly prelate, he lived in 
princely style, and his annual return from vacation in 
the Bahamas was covered by reporters who pho- 
tographed the cardinal as he strode down the gang- 
plank at Boston Harbor. 

He worked to create a sharp distinction be- 
tween the members of the Catholic community 
and their non-Catholic neighbors. Catholics 
were not to enter a Protestant church or attend 
non-Catholic religious ceremonies; they were 
not to join such organizations as the Boy Scouts, 
the Girl Scouts, the YMCA, or the ' YWCA. 
Instead, young people were encouraged to join 
the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), where 
they could join other young Catholics in march- 
ing bands, baseball teams, public-speaking pro- 
grams, and similar activities. Catholics were to 
attend Catholic schools and colleges whenever 
possible, and the cardinal personally persuaded 
Mayor John F. Fitzgerald of Boston to have his 
daughter Rose give up plans to attend Wellesley 
College in favor of instruction at the Academy of 
the Sacred Heart. 

On board: Cardinal O'Connell, 1924. 


SMOOTS In 1891 the Harvard Bridge (sometimes 
referred to as the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge) 
was constructed, extending Massachusetts Avenue 
from Boston all the way to Harvard Square in 
Cambridge. In 1958, as a fraternity initiation, a 
group of MIT students used Oliver R. Smoot, MIT 
'62, to measure the bridge. By laying young Smoot 
down end-to-end across the bridge, the students 
were able to arrive at the scientific conclusion that 
the bridge is exactly 364.4 "smoots" — plus one 
ear — in length. When the bridge was rebuilt in 
1990, state engineers agreed to accept and repaint 
the Smoot measurements. They were able to deter- 
mine that a "smoot" was exactly 67 inches long; 
MIT officials, however, refused to reveal the exact 
length of Smoot's ear. 

Yardstick: Smoot, flanked by fraternity brothers. 

FANNIE FARMER Fannie Merritt Farmer, born in 
1857, was the eldest daughter of a father who was 
an editor and printer, and a mother who was de- 
scribed as a "notable housewife." While a junior at 
Medford High School, near Boston, Fannie suf- 
fered the first of a series of attacks of ill health that 
left her permanently disabled. Confined to her 
home, where she helped her mother, Fannie took 
an interest in cooking. She soon turned the family's 
home into a boardinghouse whose excellent food 
attracted well-paying customers. At the age of 30, 
she enrolled in the Boston Cooking School; after 
graduation she was kept on as assistant to the di- 
rector, and when the director died two years later, 
Fannie Farmer was elected director of the school. 
Fannie was struck by the lack of a scientific 

cookbook — instead, collections of simple home 
recipes called for a "pinch" of this and a "dash" of 
that. In 1896, at the age of 39, Fannie Farmer put 
together a cookbook of her own, introducing the 
idea of level spoon and cup measurements, and per- 
suaded a dubious Boston publishing house to print 
3,000 copies at her own expense. The enterprise 
proved to be an astounding success, and in future 
years millions of copies of The Boston Cooking School 
Cook Book were sold. 

NIGHTSPOTS During the pre-Revolutionary peri- 
od, a section of Mount Vernon, the westernmost of 
Boston's three hills, was often referred to as Mount 
Whoredom, and identified as such on British mili- 
tary maps of the 1770s. According to the historian 
Walter Muir Whitehill, one British officer ob- 
served in his 1775 journal that while Boston might 
be too puritanical to construct a plavhouse, no 
town of its size "cou'd turn out more whores than 
this cou'd." 

By the early 1800s scandalous nighttime activi- 
ties had migrated to the crowded streets of the wa- 
terfront district. Ann Street in particular became 
notorious for its disorderly houses, raucous singing, 
noisy fiddle playing, and violent street brawls. In 
July 1825 Mayor Josiah Quincy personally led a 
posse of burly truckmen to an establishment called 
the Beehive, to break up nightly disturbances that 
had gone on for a week. According to contempo- 
rary reports, "the nymphs of Ann Street" were sent 
scurrying into the night. 

WARD BOSSES "The great mass of people are in- 
terested in only three things — food, clothing, and 
shelter," said Martin Lomasney, "The Mahatma," 
the legendary late- 1 9th-century boss of the West 
End's Ward Eight. "A politician in a district such as 
mine sees to it that his people get these things. If he 
does, then he doesn't have to worry about their loy- 
alty and support." 

Power and patronage went hand in hand in the 
city's Irish wards, and in exchange for the necessi- 
ties of life, a ward boss was able to turn out the 
votes of "his people" with machine-like precision. 
Only with the coming of the New Deal and feder- 
al laws or government agencies that provided such 
things as Social Security payments, workers' com- 
pensation, retirement benefits, and welfare bene- 
fits, would the power of the ward boss be broken in 
Boston and in most other major cities. 

38 ! 

Afterbath: Boston's North End. 

SUGAR COATED Shortly after noon on January 15, 1919, the North End of 
Boston was rocked by a gigantic explosion. A huge molasses storage tank be- 
longing to the Purity Distilling Company on Commercial Street, opposite 
Copp's Hill, suddenly exploded, firing metal rivets in all directions and send- 
ing some 14,000 tons of liquid molasses cascading like molten lava down the 
streets of the North End. Twenty-one people lost their lives in the flood, and 
more than 150 were injured by a tidal wave of molasses that crested at more 
than 30 feet. Horses were swallowed up, houses were destroyed, and ware- 
houses were smashed to pieces before the heavy liquid finally spread out, set- 
tled, and congealed into an almost solid mass. Although the sticky mess was 
finally cleaned away with fire hoses, saltwater, and sand, local residents 
claimed for many years to come that, especially on hot summer days, they 
could smell the sweet odor of molasses wafting through the air. 


Sports lover: John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald in 1913, with fans of the Boston Braves baseball team. 

HONEY FITZ When John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald showed signs of 
changing his mind and running for another term as mayor in 1914, 
39-year-old James Michael Curley, another Boston-born Irish politician 
who coveted the job, cleverly let it be known that he was planning to give a 
series of public lectures. One of these, titled "Great Lovers in History: From 
Cleopatra to Toodles," was a thinly veiled reference to Fitzgerald's well- 
known dalliance with a 2 3 -year-old cigarette girl known as Toodles. 
Fitzgerald pleaded ill health and quietly withdrew from the campaign. 

BOSTON MARRIAGE The practice of two unmar- 
ried women, unrelated by blood or by marriage, 
living together in a house or apartment as equal 
partners became so prevalent in Boston during the 
19th century that the phenomenon was generally 
referred to as a Boston Marriage. With the 
birthrate among old, upper-class Brahmin families 
dropping at an alarming rate, there often were not 
enough eligible bachelors whose family back- 
grounds, financial resources, and natural intelli- 
gence matched those of their female counterparts. 
The close relationship between Alice James, the 
sister of the novelist Henry James and the Harvard 

psychologist William James, and Katharine Pea- 
body Loring was perhaps one of the most celebrat- 
ed of Boston marriages; Henry James used the 
women as models for the feminists he described in 
his 1886 novel The Bostonians. 

THE SACRED COD A replica of a codfish, four feet 
10 inches long and carved from a solid block of pine, 
was mounted in the Old State House in 1784 as "a 
memorial to the importance of the cod fishery to the 
welfare of the Commonwealth." In 1798 the wood- 
en fish was moved with much ceremony to the new 

40 FALL 2000 

Bulfinch State House on Beacon Hill. 

Over the years the fish took on the stature of a 
mascot. Indeed, the representatives began to take it 
so seriously that they appointed a special commis- 
sion to carefully move the cod to the new chambers 
that were provided for the House in 1895. An es- 
cort of 15 men wrapped the cod in an American flag 
and solemnly carried the object to the new House 

Since then the Sacred Cod has hung suspended 
over the center gallery in the chamber of the House 
of Representatives in the Great and General 
Court — except when it becomes a victim of a uni- 
versity prank known as codnapping. In 1933 mem- 
bers of the Harvard Lampoon stole the relic. For 
three days the Sacred Cod was missing, and the 
members of the state's House of Representatives re- 
fused to meet in session until it was reairned. 

BEANS One part of colonial Boston's famous trian- 
gular trade brought valuable cargoes of molasses and 
sugar to Boston from the West Indies. While most of 
the molasses was distilled into rum and then shipped 
across the Adantic to the west coast of Africa to be 
exchanged for slaves, enough of it was available lo- 
cally to become one of the essential ingredients in 
the distinctive food known as Boston Baked Beans. 

During the colonial period, the Puritan Sabbath 
lasted from sundown on Saturday until sundown on 
Sunday. Baked beans provided the early Puritans 
with a dish that was easy to prepare beforehand. 
The large beanpot could be kept cooking over a 
slow heat in a fireplace so that beans could be 
served at Saturday night supper and again at break- 
fast on Sunday morning. As time went on, many 
women turned the baking of the beans over to a 
local baker. The freelance baker would call each 
Saturday morning to pick up the family's beanpot 
and take it to the community oven, usually located 
in the basement of a nearby tavern. The baker 
would return the beans with a bit of brown bread 
— also made with molasses — on Saturday evening 
or early Sunday morning. "Brown Bread and 
Gospel is good fare" was said to be a common re- 
frain among Puritans. 

WINDOW TREATMENT According to local legend, 
on May 18, 1863, the conservative members of the 
Somerset Club closed the curtains of the club to shut 
out the sight of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and his 

black troops of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment 
marching toward the State House. Members have al- 
ways insisted that they were merely closing the 
draperies against the brightness of the sun. 

^■'V-, -~' - 

Boys room: Locke-Ober's restaurant, c. 1950. 

TEMPUS FUCIT In 1880 Frank Locke and Louis R. 
Ober opened a fashionable European-style restau- 
rant in the heart of Boston that was known at vari- 
ous times as die Dutchman's, the Winter Palace, 
Locke's, and finally Locke-Ober's, its name today. 
Until the early 1970s the dining room on the 
ground floor, with its plush Victorian decor, leather 
upholstered chairs, long bar, and large nude paint- 
ing, was restricted to men. Women were permitted 
to dine only in the private rooms upstairs, although 
by custom the ladies were allowed in the first-floor 
dining room on New Year's Eve, or when the 
Harvard-Yale game was held in Cambridge — and 
then only when the Crimson 1 1 triumphed. 

Excerpted from Boston A to Z by Thomas H. O'Connor, 
published in October 2000 by Harvard University Press. 
Copyright©2000 by the Fellows of Harvard College. 
Used by permission. All rights reserved. Photographs cour- 
tesy of the Boston Public Library, Print Department. 



I" -*5*2 



of Joy Street 

John Wieners '54 once wrote, 
"I will be an old man sometime / 
And live in a dark room some- 
where." Today Wieners is an old 
man, but his small apartment on 
the far side of Beacon Hill — on Joy Street, where he has lived since 
1971 — is not dark. It is bright and disorderly and crowded with 
visual evidence of a mind constantly shuffling perceptions: a kind of 
four-room, lived-in collage. One of his own books, an out-of-print 

John Wieners left BC to live 
a Baudelairean life of poetry. 
Amazingly, he survived. So 
have his poems. 

paperback, lies open on a Formica-topped table, 
spine broken, lines of poetry crossed out and rewrit- 
ten in pencil as if the literary choices he made 40 
years ago still gnaw at him. When he pulls another 
of his works off a shelf its cover seems a palimpsest. 
The original artwork — a close-up of a woman's face 
from an advertisement that Wieners eerily altered 
with tiny rips and tears — has been replaced with a 
magazine clipping Scotch-taped over the top. Peel- 
ing back the new image, which depicts a painting of 
a woman smoking before a mirror, to reveal the one 
below is like peering into the whirlpool of Wieners's 
imagination. For him, publication is not the summit 

■* John Wieners, fellow traveler of the Beats and solo voice. 

it is for most artists. No work is ever finished. 

When asked if he uses his poems as bookmarks 
to his past, as ways of thinking back about places 
and people, Wieners squints, furrowing his fore- 
head like a tilled field, and runs his hands through 
his two thick tufts of pale, graying hair. The motion 
makes him appear more bird-like than ever: a gen- 
tle hawk, perhaps, with narrowed eyes, a sharp, 
stubble-covered chin, and a paunch, absently smok- 
ing a cigarette. He draws a breath and replies that 
it is too painful to think so deeply. Besides, he says 
in a slow, thin voice, indicating a table littered with 
empty eggnog cartons and full ashtrays, stuffed un- 
derneath with old liquor bottles, "It takes up all the 
energy I have to save for housekeeping." 

A photograph taken in 1958 shows four hand- 



Wieners is a poet but never a showman; 

in fact, his approach to his career has 

been casually negligent at best. Of 

the three plays and 29 volumes of prose 

and poetry he's seen published, only 

three remain in print. It is hard to 

picture him shopping his books around. 

some young men sitting on a stoop in San Francis- 
co. Three, including the writers Michael McClure 
and David iMeltzer, stare at the camera with flirty 
bravado. Only one, sitting by himself in a rogue 
shadow cast by something beyond the picture 
frame, glances away. He smiles good-naturedly, but 
seems uninterested in meeting the mechanical eye 
that will fix his image for posterity. 

This is the young John Wieners, a Boston boy 
24 years old, gone to the West Coast to experiment 
with life. Not to live it so much as to see if blood, 
bone, and sinew could — under self-inflicted pres- 
sure — be forged, or better yet, transubstantiated, 
into poetry. "These days," he wrote in his journal of 
the same year, published much later as 707 Scott 
Street (Sun & Moon Press, 1996), "shall be my 
poems. . . ." Several months afterward he added, "I 
will use the distractions of this world and erect a 
structure from them that will be of the poem. No 
matter how I go, [or] how ruined." By "distrac- 
tions," Wieners meant sex and drugs and all-night 
Chinese restaurants and, if not exactly rock and 
roll, then certainly jazz: a lifestyle that came to be a 
hallmark of a group of writers called the Beats. 

The patron saint of the Beats, indeed of all those 
like Wieners who seek literature in extremity, is 
Arthur Rimbaud, one of the great French poetes 
maudits. In 1871 Rimbaud wrote, "The poet makes 
himself a voyant through a long, immense, and rea- 
soned deranging of all his senses. All the forms of 
love, of suffering, of madness; he tries to find him- 
self, he exhausts in himself all the poisons ... he 
needs all his faith, all his superhuman strength, in 
which he becomes among all men the great invalid, 
the great criminal . . . and the supreme Savant!" 

The search for love and the pursuit of suffering, 
of "poisons," even madness — that might well de- 
scribe the young John Wieners. Yet, unlike Rim- 
baud, who was an unpleasant genius, Wieners is a 
courtly and self-effacing man with far too much hu- 
mility to call himself the supreme anything, much 
less Savant (the closest he ever came to youthful 
boasting was to claim diat there were probably "10 
or 15 poets in every 175 million men"). Rimbaud 
stopped writing at the age of 19, and died at 37. 
Wieners, despite the hardships inherent in following 
the Frenchman's advice, has never stopped writing, 
and continues to donate his years — 66 of diem 
now — to the building of a lifelong house of poetry. 
In contrast to his humble, 60-step walk-up, 
Wieners's house of words is one of the grandest lit- 
erary structures of his generation. 

Pain and suffering. Give me the strength 
to bear it, to enter those places where the 
great animals are caged. And we can live 
at peace by their side. A bride to the burden 

that no god imposes but knows we have the means 
to sustain its force unto the end of our days. 
For that is what we are made for; for that 
we are created. Until the dark hours are done. 

And we rise again in the dawn. 
Infinite particles of the divine sun, now 
worshiped in the pitches of the night. 

From "The Acts of Youth " 

John Joseph Wieners was born in 1934 on Eliot 
Street in Milton, Massachusetts. ("Look at his ad- 
dress," says Jim Dunn, a fellow poet and close 
friend. "He was destined to be a poet.") Wieners is 
the only surviving sibling of four children who 
grew up in an Irish Catholic household in a middle- 
class neighborhood. Their mother, a waitress and 
housecleaner, worked in a defense factory during 
World War II. "She loved a good time," Wieners 
recalls, and "liked eccentricity up to a point" — as 
long as a person put it to use within the conven- 
tions of middle-class "good taste." Wieners's father 
was a maintenance man in downtown Boston, and 
it was to him that Wieners dedicated his volume 
Asylum Poems (Angel Hair, 1969). It was written 
when Wieners was in the Taunton State psychiatric 
hospital, where his father had earlier been commit- 
ted for alcoholism. 

Except for John, the family went on to live con- 

ventional lives. His sister became a nun; one broth- 
er, a lawyer; the other, a soldier. "It's like a medieval 
play," observes Charles Shively, another friend of 
Wieners, who teaches at UMass-Boston and is a 
poet himself. "The lawyer, the nun, the soldier . . . 
and the fragile poet lives on." 

As a child, John Wieners (Jackie, the family 
called him) "was a little eccentric, maybe, and ex- 
tremely bright," says his cousin Arlene Phinney. 
"He had a double promotion at St. Gregory's. But 
what I remember best is his kindness." 

The excesses that Wieners's publisher Raymond 
Foye would later characterize as his "extravagant 
personality" were only hinted at during his years at 
Boston College. Wieners majored in English, 
worked in the library on a fellowship, and was liter- 
ary editor of the Stylus, for which he wrote a poem 
about the death of the actress Gertrude Lawrence — 
his first publication. (Wieners has had a lifelong fas- 
cination with singers and actors. "He dreams of 
being a monied movie star," says Jim Dunn, "or a 
beautiful woman.") 

While an undergraduate Wieners lived at home 
in Milton and commuted to campus every day. "I 
had a gang of girls drive me," he remembers, 
pleased. Tventy or so years later he went back to 
the college to give a poetry reading. Charles Shive- 
ly recalls it as a great moment. "He wore a gold 
lame bullfighter's jacket, and Father [Francis] 
Sweeney did the introduction. John's relatives were 
there, and John was splendid. It was sort of like 

After graduating from BC in 1954 Wieners 
heard the poet Charles Olson give a reading at 
Boston's Charles Street Meeting House on the 
night of Hurricane Hazel. Wieners was literally 
swept out of town by Olson's work, and subse- 
quently spent a year at the experimental Black 
Mountain College in North Carolina, where Olson 
taught poetry. It was at Black Mountain that 
Wieners met the poet Robert Creeley, with whom 
he formed a lifelong friendship, and who was struck 
by his "great quiet and particular manners." (To 
this day Wieners's friends remark on his chivalrous 
demeanor; Jim Dunn says, simply, "he has the man- 
ners of a saint.") 

Wieners's "great quiet" contributed, ironically, 
to the development of his hip image. Frank O'Hara 
found Wieners at 23 to be "always quietly mysteri- 
ous." O'Hara biographer Brad Gooch commented 
that Wieners had a "shy and darkly retiring man- 
ner, which registered on many as the appropriately 
cool and aloof stance of a hipster." O'Hara was also 

infatuated with the whiff of danger that clung to the 
young poet, particularly his drug use and instabili- 
ty: what Wieners called his "avowal to mental ill- 
ness as a youth." An incident from this time — when 
Wieners spent a week in New York City, sleeping 
on O'Hara's couch — was recounted by O'Hara's 
partner Joseph LeSueur. "Saturday afternoon John 
went to do some sort of research at the 42nd Street 
public library while we went to see The Curse of 
Frankenstein at Loew's Sheridan. That evening 
John, high on Benzedrine, came home and told us 
about the horrifying, hallucinatory experience he'd 

Wieners — pictured below in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1973 — has said, "I am a 
Boston poet." He spent the '60s and '70s in and out of mental hospitals, but also 
published what is arguably his finest work, Nerves, in 1970. 


had at the library. Later I said to Frank, 'Isn't it 
funny? We go to a horror movie and don't feel a 
thing, and John just goes to the library and is scared 
out of his wits.'" 

On the eve of his own fame, O'Hara wrote 
Wieners a poem called "To a Young Poet" 


full of passion and giggles 
brashly erects his first poems 
and they are ecstatic 

followed by a clap ot praise 
from a very few hands 
belonging to other poets. 

He is sent! and they are moved to believe, once 
more, freshly 

in the divine trap. 

His career launched by O'Hara, in 1957 Wieners 
made for San Francisco in the footsteps of another 
Massachusetts boy, Jack Kerouac, whose novel On 
the Road had appeared earlier that year. Asked re- 
cently how he had liked life on the West Coast, 
Wieners replied dryly, "Well, the weather was 
much better." So was the social and artistic land- 
scape. Wieners had moved west with a man named 
Dana, his lover of six years. When they broke up 
Wieners retired to his room at a boardinghouse in 
San Francisco's red-light district and in less than a 
week composed a volume called The Hotel Wentley 
Poems (Auerhan Press, 1958; Dave Haselwood, 
1965), which instantly became a classic of modern 
melancholy. It read, wrote Raymond Foye, "like a 
resume of Beat poetry and of late romanticism as a 
whole: urban despair, poverty, madness, homosexu- 
al love, narcotics and drug addiction, the fraternity 
of thieves and loveless transients." 

The word "Beat" comes from an offhand re- 
mark made by Kerouac, who called himself and his 
postwar peers "a beat generation," meaning down- 
and-out, or "finished." Beat poet John Clellon 
Holmes defined it as "the feeling of having been 
used, of being raw. . . . [I]t involves a nakedness of 
mind, and, ultimately, of soul ... of being pushed 
up against the wall of oneself." What began as a 
literary movement, practiced most famously by 
Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and 
William S. Burroughs, quickly became a sociolog- 
ical phenomenon: a rebellion against middle-class 
respectability, a belief that only in extremity can 
one feel anything in a world increasingly numbed 
by comfort and conformity. 

The best-known Beat writing reveled in a kind 
of corresponding literary extremity. Ginsberg's 
primal wail against the atomic age — his long mas- 
terpiece, "Howl" — used profanity and slap-you-in- 
the-face staccato rhythm to get the reader's atten- 
tion, as did Kerouac's On the Road, which read like 
a high-speed joy ride. John Wieners, on the other 
hand, lived the Beat aesthetic more than he prac- 
ticed it stylistically in his writing, which through 
economy and elegance achieved a lyricism un- 
known in the poetry of his peers. 

It is a simple song: 

to long for home and him 

lounging there under the moon. 

Who is my heart, what is he 

that he should mean this much to me? 

From "The Woman" 

Asked if he considers himself a Beat poet, 
Wieners leans forward in his squeaky chair, takes a 
drag on his cigarette, and courteously replies, "Yes, 
I do." Satisfied, he settles back again and waits in si- 
lence for the next question. Prodded into elaborat- 
ing, he continues, "Well, the movement got some 
publicity, and I didn't." He adds that working at 
City Lights, Lawrence Ferlinghetti's famous San 
Francisco bookstore, "gave me a Beat image." Oth- 
ers find Wieners's association with the Beats purely 
a generational tag. Says Robert Creeley, "If 'Beat' is 
to cover poets at the time who had, as John, put 
themselves entirely on the line — 'At last. I come to 
the last defense' — then he was certainly one. But I 
think better to see him as The New American Poetry 
locates him, singular and primary — not simply as a 
'Beat' poet, nor defined only by drug use, nor a re- 
gional poet, nor one of a 'school.' Because that begs 
all the particulars of John's writing, his immense ar- 
ticulation of the situation and feelings in a relation- 
ship with another — literally, love. It's not a question 
of gay or straight — it's how we, humanly, are at- 
tracted to and moved by one another, how we know 
another as being here too. There is no greater poet 
of this condition than John." 

Ultimately, the Beat hero resonated so deeply in 
popular culture that he became subsumed within it 
as the rebel without a cause and, inevitably, as 
Jumpin' Jack Flash on the stage of perpetual alien- 
ation known as rock and roll. The Beats themselves 
either became cultural icons (Ginsberg), died 
young (Kerouac), or quit smoking and moved to 
the suburbs (most of the others). Wieners did none 
of those things. His lifestyle was always in service to 

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"He's the poetic equivalent of the Velvet Underground," says friend and poet Jim Dunn, above, with Wieners. "What's the famous saying about them? Only a 
thousand people bought their albums, but they all started rock bands. It's the same with John." 

his poetry, so he simply went on living to write, 
often in poverty, sometimes in mental institutions, 
always in obscurity. He quietly became, in effect, 
Rimbaud's voyant. 

In the introduction to Wieners's Selected Poems: 
1958-1984, published by Black Sparrow Press, 
Ginsberg writes, "John Wieners's glory is solitary, as 
pure poet — a man reduced to loneness in poetry, 
without worldly distractions — and a man become 
one with his poetry. A life in contrast to the fluff and 
ambition of Pulitzer, National Book Awardees, Poet- 
ry Medallists." Robert Creeley says, simply, "His 
poems had nothing else in mind but their own fact." 
Wieners himself, questioned in his Joy Street apart- 
ment about what Ginsberg meant when he called 

him a "pure poet," says in his deadpan Boston 
accent, "He meant that I was Irish Catholic." 

Not only did Wieners's inherent modesty con- 
spire against potential fame, so did his poetry. It was 
the stylistic objective of the Beats never to be ig- 
nored — to be a cacophony of loud, new, aggravating 
voices. Weners's lyricism, by contrast, held elegance 
and introspection but not modernity, the engine be- 
hind the celebrity-making machine of the 20th cen- 
tury. "Why the inattention?" critic Jack Kimball asks 
rhetorically. "Of all postmoderns Wieners comes 
closest to 17th-century intellectual laws, paying trib- 
ute in denial of pure patented mystique, free will, 
final causes." Wieners's "lack of modernity," Kimball 
says, has been "one motive for slackened interest." 


Wieners still writes poetry. It is so 

much a part of his life that it flows 

seamlessly into other things: shopping 

lists become poems, poems become 

to-do lists. To make ends meet, Wieners 

gives poetry readings, and sometimes 

even shows up for them. 

Wieners is a poet but never a showman; in fact, 
his approach to his career has been casually negli- 
gent at best. Of the three plays and 29 volumes of 
prose and poetry he's seen published, only three re- 
main in print; it is hard to picture him shopping his 
books around publishing houses to get them re- 
issued. Possibly because of his penchant for mental 
recycling, he is notorious for throwing work away, 
imagining the crumpled scrap as but one incarna- 
tion of an idea. Boston publisher and poet Bill Cor- 
bett claims that Wieners is "self-effacing about his 
work to the point of almost erasing it." The poet 
himself once said, "I am living out the logical con- 
clusion of my books, and those are out of print." 

Relative obscurity hasn't meant that Wieners 
doesn't have a following, especially among other 
poets. "He's the poetic equivalent of the Velvet Un- 
derground," says Jim Dunn. "What's the famous 
saying about them? Only a thousand people bought 
their albums, but they all started rock bands. It's the 
same with John. He's an inspiration." 

At last. I come to the last defense. 

My poems contain no 

wilde beestes, no 
lady of the lake music 
of the spheres, or organ chants, 

yet by these lines 

I betray what little given me. 

One needs no defense. 

Only the score of a man's 
struggle to stay with 

what is his own, what 
lies within him to do. 

Without which is nothing, 
for him or those who hear him 
And I come to this, 
knowing the waste, leaving 

the rest up to love 
and its twisted faces, 
my hands claw out at 
only to draw back from the 
blood already running there. 

Oh come back, whatever heart 
you have left. It is my life 
you save. The poem is done. 

From "A Poem for Painters" 

After returning from San Francisco to the East 
Coast in 1959, Wieners did graduate work at the 
State University of New York, at Buffalo, and even- 
tually settled in Boston, where he has remained. He 
continued to use drugs and alcohol, often exces- 
sively. "You don't have the same self-protective fac- 
ulties after you've taken narcotics," he said in a 
1970s interview with Charles Shively. "The senses 
that the human organism has equipped itself with 
to take care of itself, to protect itself. . . . These all 
dissolve. I'd had two or three years of steady mari- 
juana and peyote daily. ... I was living in a vision- 
ary state, so that eventually the conscious faculties 
were being used to a minimum." 

Understandably, Wieners's friends concentrate 
on the whimsical side of these years. Shively recalls 
riding the monorail at Disney World with Wieners 
and Allen Ginsberg in 1972, because they couldn't 
afford to go on the rides. "At first they wouldn't 
admit John because he was wearing only a Speedo 
bathing suit with a Zippie button. But I gave him 
my shirt and went in my undershirt. . . . Afterwards 
it rained and there was a big rainbow over the 
parking lot." 

Another much-told tale features Wieners as a 
teaching assistant at SUNY Buffalo, arriving in 
class wearing pink hair curlers. These stories sum 
up Wieners as the benignly eccentric hero-poet, 
acting beyond the pale of conventional behavior, 
experiencing what others dare not. A kind of 
quirky, contemporary Romantic ideal. Because he 
was always scrupulously polite in his eccentricities, 
friends tended to mythologize him and protect 
him. But this was also the time that Wieners's 
"courting of madness in the Rimbaudian fashion," 

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as Jim Dunn puts it, came to a head. "Of course he 
was tragically wrong," adds Dunn. In the 1 960s and 
1970s Wieners was repeatedly hospitalized for a 
series of nervous breakdowns and episodes of in- 
sanity. (During one such episode Wieners's sister 
Marian left her religious order to help their par- 
ents through the ordeal.) 

It was at the Taunton State Hospital that Wie- 
ners wrote "Children of the Working Class," about 
the sons and daughters of the poor, whose mental 
and physical health was sacrificed before birth in 
factory and field labor: "gaunt, ugly deformed / bro- 
ken from the womb, and horribly shriven / at the 
labor of their forefathers, if you check back / scout 
around grey before actual time / their sordid brains 
don't work right. ..." 

Against this backdrop of imbalance and despair, 
Wieners's poems take on a simultaneously wistful 
and heroic quality, not only in their yearning for 
stability, made manifest in "Supplication" (quoted 
below), but in the simple fact of their existence. 

O poetiy, visit this house often 
imbue my life with success, 

leave me not alone, 

give me a wife and home. 

Take this curse off 
of early death and drugs, 
make me a friend among peers, 
lend me love, and timeliness. 

Return me to the men who teach 
and above all, cure the 
hurts ot wanting the impossible 
through this suspended vacuum. 

"Supplication" was included in the volume 
Nerves, which was published in 1970 and is consid- 
ered by many to be Wieners's finest work. Ray- 
mond Foye points out that nerves can refer to 
tension and distraction or to strength and courage: 
the very poles on which Wieners's psyche is 
stretched. Supplication, of course, also carries a 
religious overtone; his plea to Poetry may be secu- 
lar in name, but it has the cadence of a prayer. The 
poet, Wieners wrote, is "a priest / defrocked as 
Spender says." Like the priest, the poet stands out- 
side experience. And like the priest, the poet uses 

At left, Wieners in his 1954 entry in Sub Turri, Boston College's student yearbook. Activities he listed included Writer's Workshop, Sodality, 
and Minstrel Show. At right is the cover of a tribute to Wieners, published this year by Granary Books. Among the poets and novelists 
who contributed are Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, Amir Baraka, Jim Harrison, Thorn Gunn, Paul Auster, Gail Mazur, John Ashbery, 
Charles Simic, and James Tate. 


words as intercessors — in Wieners's case, between 
the tumult of life and love and the lonely interior 
world of poetry. For him, words are like so many 
reliquaries and holy cards and prayers. In his San 
Francisco diary, 707 Scott Street, Wieners wrote 
that poetry "is an immortal art of man. Practiced by 
him alone in absolute silence in the middle of noisy 
bars and restaurants, on the back porches of houses 
from Gloucester to San Francisco." 

Throughout his life Wieners has tried all kinds 
of means by which to ford the gully between him- 
self and the world at large: heroin, alcohol, travel, 
sex tactics that superficially make him a Beat poet. 
But his most lasting bridges have been built with 
words. He is perhaps best understood as a poet with 
religious longings, one who calls on poems — secu- 
lar prayers — to breach the divide between himself 
and humanity, or even between himself and God. 

Is it enough my feet blackend 

from streets of the city? 
My hands coarsend, lovely bones 
gone to dust. 

Is it enough? My heart hardend 
arms thickend eyes dim. 
Is it enough I lost sight of him 
Ages ago and still follow after 
on some blind, dumb path? 

Is this the aftermath? . . . 

From "Impasse" 

One of the constants in Wieners's life since his re- 
turn from the West Coast has been the city of 
Boston itself. In an interview Charles Shively asked 
Wieners what label he'd put on himself as a poet — 
Black Mountain, New York, Boston, San Francis- 
co — and Wieners replied without hesitation, "I am 
a Boston poet." For someone who in recent con- 
versation defined the word "beat" as "homeless- 
ness," Boston is in many ways the foundation that 
reminds Wieners he is "home," in both the physi- 
cal and literary sense, whenever he starts to stray. 

He doesn't go out much these days: to a local 
market for cigarettes, or to Brigham's with Jim Dunn 
to get root beer floats (a weekly ritual). But Wieners 
remains of the city. Another close friend and fellow 
poet, Jack Powers, recalls catching a glimpse of him 
once on the street. "He had taken off his glasses, and 
he was holding them up like this, looking at the 
dome of the State House. I wish I could imprison 

that moment in sculpture, because it showed a rev- 
erence . . . for the city of Boston." 

Boston, sooty in memory, alive with a 

thousand murky dreams of adolescence 

still calls to youdi; the wide stteets, chimney tops over 

Charles River's broad sweep to seahood buoy; 

the harbor 
With dreams, too . . . 

Slumbering city, what makes men think you sleep, 
but breathe, what chants or paeans needed 

at this end, except 
you stand as first town, first bank of hopes, 

first envisioned 

paradise . . . 

From u After Sy??iovds , Ve.nict" 

Robert Creeley, when asked what made John 
Wieners a Boston poet, apart from "simply living 
there," replied, '"Simply living' anywhere is not at 
all as simple as it may sound. So many people are on 
their way to somewhere else, always — dragged 
along by various need, confusion, or ambition. . . . 
To be somewhere right now is not easy. John is a 
dear and absolute person of the city of Boston — it's 
where he first found his life specific, I am sure. It's 
his ground, his defining place, his language, his 
need, his limit, and his pleasure. As Charles Olson 
would put it, it constitutes 'his habit and his haunt.'" 

Five years ago Jim Dunn — a young poet living in 
Cambridge — met John Wieners at a reading in Jack 
Kerouac's birth city of Lowell, Massachusetts, and 
the two became good friends. "He offered me a 
copy of one of his books," recalls Dunn. "He'd writ- 
ten his name in it in careful, Catholic schoolboy 
script. I was so touched." Now the two meet for the 
aforementioned root beer floats, or just sit quietly 
together in Wieners's apartment, seldom speaking. 
"He has a sincere humility that is so rare," says 
Dunn. "No one else I know is so completely at 
peace with his situation in life." 

Wieners still writes poetry. It is so much a part 
of his life that Dunn says it flows seamlessly into 
other things: shopping lists become poems, poems 
become to-do lists. To make ends meet, Wieners 
gives poetry readings, and sometimes even shows 
up for them; tales of his forgetting or deciding not 
to attend these literary events are legendary. Jack 
Powers tells of climbing six stories of fire escapes 
and into Wieners's kitchen window to persuade the 
reluctant poet to go to a painstakingly prearranged 
reading in western Massachusetts. (Wieners wasn't 
at all perturbed; "Oh, hi ya, Johnny," was all he said 

50 FALL 2000 

to Powers.) Another reading, at Old South 
Church in Boston — a neo-Beat event — 
was to have featured Wieners as the star 
attraction. A slight cold kept him away, 
leaving the small audience to make do with 
a hulking poet named Buddah, a thin old 
gentleman dressed in white sweatpants 
with flowing hair and beard to match, a 
bad-tempered Kerouac biographer, and a 
woman who compared her love to a lus- 
cious strawberry. 

Wieners is not so much cavalier about 
his readings — or nonreadings — as he is un- 
convinced of the merit of his attendance. 
"Readings are best left to the young," he 
said once; another time he mused audibly 
before a rapt audience that no one really 
wanted or needed to hear his work anyway. 
In the fall of 1999 he did accept an invita- 
tion to read at the Guggenheim with his old 
friend Michael McClure, with whom he 
was photographed in San Francisco almost 
half a century ago. Jim Dunn recalls that he 
read for about 1 5 minutes then abrupdy sat 
down halfway through the gig. "That was 
it," says Dunn, "he was done. He'd decided 
he was finished, and when John makes up 
his mind he can't be budged." Raymond 
Foye agrees. "To encounter Wieners per- 
sonally," he wrote, "is to meet with a man 
who seems entirely given to ephemeral 
gleanings, unused to the practicalities of the 
material world; to know him well is to be- 
hold his stubbornness and tenacity." 

Wieners's determination to be himself 
at all costs is perhaps the key to his en- 
durance. "There's a certain courage to his 
fabric," says Dunn. "He perseveres, in 
body and work; in a quiet way. He is not 
one to scream and shout, but it's there." 
Not all days are good: Sometimes his 
thinking is more linear than others; some- 
times his conversation is more like a mosaic of 
associations that pieces together an inscrutable 
image. His nephew helps with practicalities like 
finances; his friends form a protective shield against 
the world's rough edges. In fact, several of Wieners s 
friends, when they heard about this article, asked 
to be interviewed, to attest to his kindness and 
generosity, his low-key, whimsical sense of humor. 
As ever, Robert Creeley sums him up best. "[John] 
is very generous, very caring, always. If we are in 
a world where a friend such as John cannot have a 

Wieners, outside his apartment building on Beacon Hill, August 2000. 

life, given the mental illness he's had to manage all 
these years, then we've all failed, no matter what 
it is we think we do. But we are not taking care of 
John any more than he is taking care of us, if you 
hear me. We need him very much. We need what 
his poems can say." 

Freelance writer Pamela Petro lives in Northampton, 
Massachusetts. She is the author of Travels in an Old 
Tongue (HarperCollins, 1996); her book on Southern 
storytellers is due out next year. 


01V tit 



"Full crew of the 1954 Dow Expedition to the North Magnetic Pole. Standing third from left is the skipper, New York lawyer Wilber Dow, Jr.; kneeling 
left is his spn, 18-year-old Bill Dow. At far right, wearing goggles, is Daniel Linehan, SJ, on leave from his duties at Boston College. 

Daniel L'mehan, SJ, '27 knew better than to 

sail into the Arctic in a wooden boat. The record of his 

journey — photos and diaries — is in BCs archives. 

a rented scallop dragger out of Falmouth, Massachusetts, set sail 
from Portland, Maine, with a crew of 1 1 . She was headed for the 
North Magnetic Pole, somewhere on Prince of Wales Island, a 
barren 20,000-square-mile mass deep within Arctic Canada's 
labyrinth of islands and ice. The skipper, a New York lawyer named 
Wilber E. Dow, Jr., had financed 
and planned the expedition him- 
self. A veteran sailor — he'd gone 
to sea at 15 — Dow had a master 
mariner's license, permitting him 
to sail anywhere in the world. He 
brought along another lawyer 
as commanding officer and hired 
two experienced crew members 
— a cook and an engineer — but 
most of the crew was young. 
Dow's 18-year-old son, Bill, was 

second mate, and he in turn had invited several 
friends. The Atomic Energy Commission con- 
tributed a "ship's scientist" named Howard Smith 
"to keep tabs on us," as Bill Dow, now in his 60s, re- 
calls. It turned out that Smith had received his 
bachelor's degree in geology from New York Uni- 
versity just that spring. 

At the last minute, on the recommendation of 
friends in Boston, the skipper approached a more 
seasoned geologist, 49-year-old Daniel Linehan '27, 
a Boston College Jesuit who'd earned the moniker 
"earthquake priest" for his discovery of the "T" 
phase, one of four types of earthquake waves. Line- 
han was pioneering a hot new field called seismic 
prospecting, which used the tools of seismology to 
determine what lay beneath the earth's surface. 

Linehan had a desk job: He'd founded BCs grad- 
uate program in geophysics, and he directed both 
that and its seismological observatory, in Weston, 
Massachusetts. But like Dow, he was an explorer at 
heart. By the time of his death, in 1987, he would 



have conducted research on all the world's conti- 
nents and both poles — while continuing to run the 
observatory and the geophysics program. 

Dow approached Linehan on July 6, just five 
days before the ship was to depart. By sailing time 
Linehan had wrangled permission from the Jesuits 
and Boston College, and had rounded up the re- 
search equipment he would need to locate the pole: 
a portable magnetometer for measuring the mag- 
netic field, and detonators, geophones, and record- 
ing cameras for taking sound measurements. His 
cache of dynamite, recalls Bill Dow, filled an entire 
hold (150 cases of Rheingold beer filled another, 
courtesy of one boy's father, who ran the brewery). 
Linehan had also borrowed from the Carnegie In- 
stitute a state-of-the-art piece of equipment called 
an earth inductor that had cost $500,000 to design 
and build — this in 1954 dollars. Using the earth in- 
ductor, he hoped to pin down the pole's location 
with unprecedented precision. 

Dan Linehan's log of the Dow expedition now 
resides in the archives of the Burns Library. It 
shares space with his journals from three subse- 
quent U.S. Navy expeditions to the Antarctic, dur- 
ing which he measured and mapped the polar ice 
cap, and documents from UNESCO-sponsored 
seismological missions in Africa, Asia, and South 
America. In folio-sized scrapbooks he pasted pho- 
tographs and news clippings describing his jour- 
neys. An amateur photographer, Linehan left 
behind some 30,000 slides, mostly uncataloged. 

Linehan was an aesthetic sort — his logs are filled 
with rapt descriptions of light phenomena and mus- 
ings on the glory of nature. In his Dow-expedition 
diary, which he began on July 1 1 , he describes, in a 
voice that in retrospect sounds determinedly opti- 
mistic, how a rainbow had crossed the sky as the ex- 
pedition set sail late in the afternoon. He was also, 
however, a realist. "Living conditions are crowded," 
he reported that day. "All of us sleep in the focsle 

Linehan's expedition map. In blue is his tracing of the Monte Carlo's course. 

54 FA: 

"It is difficult to imagine a more desolate area," Linehan wrote on the voyage, "yet there is a strange attraction here.' 

which is also the kitchen, dining room etc." 

At 6 p.m., sitting on deck, he observed that the 
"cook is a bit 'potted' already." By 7:30, near Port- 
land Lightship, he reported that the boat was hav- 
ing engine trouble. 

"Had supper — steaks burned." 

The Monte Carlo was no steel-milled ice- 
breaker. Just 78 feet in length and 23 feet across her 
beam, she was built of wood, with a V-shaped hull 
that the skipper hoped would enable her to slide 
up and free if squeezed by pack ice. Much later 
in life Linehan would admit that his first glimpse 
of the boat gave him pause; the history of polar ex- 
ploration is rife with tales of bigger wooden boats 
reduced to splinters in a matter of two or three 

The notion of a North Magnetic Pole goes back 
at least to the 16th century, when Europeans envi- 
sioned it as a magnetic mountain at the top of the 
globe. Sir William Gilbert, physician to Queen 
Elizabeth I, corrected that misconception around 
1600, arguing that the earth itself was a giant mag- 
net, and demonstrating with a model of the earth 
made of lodestone that a needle would stand on end 
at each of the two poles. 

In fact, the magnetic poles move constantly with 

currents in the molten outer core of the earth, and 
that movement has pulled explorers for centuries. 
The first European to map the North Magnetic 
Pole definitively was James Clark Ross, nephew of 
the Arctic explorer Sir John Ross, on June 1, 1831, 
at Cape Adelaide on the west of Boothia Peninsula. 
In 1904 the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen 
remapped the magnetic pole near the peninsula's 
northern tip. Aid after World War II, Canadian 
scientists located the pole 155 miles north and 
westward, near the northwestern-most coast of 
Prince of Wales Island. That was generally agreed 
to be its location in 1954. 

J Uly L 1 , 111 the Labrador Sea, infamous for 
its rough waters, a storm replaced the dense fog that 
had enveloped the trip's early days. Waves crashed 
over the bow, leaking through the decks and into the 
fo'c'sle, soaking the beds. "All of the boys were sick 
or woozy," Linehan wrote. 

"Howard Smith stood about an hour of watch, 
then went in to the chart room and sat on [the] 
floor. Suddenly a whole shelf of books came down 
and one of them opened a gash in his head. He bled 
like fury. Ross [the engineer] took him to his bed, 
shaved his head, and pulled the cut together with 
adhesive tape. Jesse [the cook] acted as cook and 


The Greenlanders repeatedly warned the crew about 

the dangers of the pack ice that lay ahead of them. 

"This has been a year of more ice than usual," Linehan 

wrote, "and they doubt 

nurse. But he didn't have too many to cook for." whether WC shall make it." 

That day, Linehan stood watch for 16 hours: 4 
a.m. to 8 p.m., "with the exception of meals and a V: 
hr. sleep," he wrote. "Ross and I made every meal, 
and the Skipper most of them." During the whole 
expedition Linehan would report only one missed 
meal, and that when the cook decided to fry up a 
seal's liver for lunch. 

Monday, July 26, the Monte Carlo arrived 
in Disko Bay on the west coast of Greenland, where 
more than 5,400 icebergs a year are calved. 

The Greenlanders repeatedly warned the crew 
about the dangers of the pack ice that lay ahead of 
them. "This has been a year of more ice than 
usual," Linehan wrote, "and they doubt whether we 
shall make it." But the next day the Monte Carlo 
headed back to sea, following the coast north. On 
the 30th, on watch around 6:30 in the morning, 

Linehan (left) on Prince of Wales Island with )ohn Shineman, the 
Monte Carlo's second-in-command. 

Linehan got his first glimpse of pack ice under a 
yellow haze: "The area must have been 2 miles 
square," he wrote. 

After breakfast, Linehan reported, he'd been 
cutting the skipper's hair when there was an explo- 
sion in the fo'c'sle. The cook had put a can of fish 
in the oven and it blew up, tearing apart the bottom 
of the oven and scattering soot on every surface of 
their living, sleeping, and dining quarters. "No 
matter what you touched you came away with black 
hands," Linehan wrote. "Add to that the odor of 
cremated dead fish and you have it." The water 
pump was acting up, he noted, so "washing is going 
to be a problem." 

Unfazed, the crew spent the evening in the 
fo'c'sle, "some playing cards, cribbage, others try- 
ing magic and parlour tricks, and Linehan & Row- 
land making music — Rowland on harmonica & 
Linehan on Ukelele." 

July 3 1 , Linehan rose at 3: 15 a.m., set up 
his portable Mass kit on the rear of a Jeep that was 
lashed to the deck, and vested. It was the Feast of 
St. Ignatius. Eight members of the crew — none of 
them Catholic — had asked to joined him; the skip- 
per, an outspoken nonbeliever, took an extra watch 
so those on duty could attend. When Linehan lift- 
ed the wind cover protecting the host, the host 
blew into the ocean. So he and his congregation 
moved into the fo'c'sle, where the rest of the boys 
were still sleeping. "I gave a short explanation of 
the vestments before Mass and a little talk after- 
wards on the subject of the Sacrifice, then spent 45 
minutes answering questions on Birth Control, De- 
votion to Saints, Confession, etc. ..." 

Mass aboard ship was well attended, though Linehan was the sole Catholic. "The group was most appreciative for having had the Mass,' 
he wrote in his journal. "They thanked me, when I wanted to thank them for their attention." 

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said that 

his "Mass Upon the Altar of the World" was born 
of praying on pony-back in 1923 while traversing 
the Ordos Desert in China. In the late 1920s the Je- 
suit paleontologist was forced by the Church to 
cease all but scientific publications, and was exiled 
from France because of the radicalism of his 
thought. He returned to China, where he led the 
team that discovered Peking Man. In Teilhard 's 
case, it was his views, merging geology and evolu- 
tionary science with theology, that led to his exile. 
In Linehan 's the call of science simply put him in 
situations where practicing his faith was difficult. 

Among the Arctic gloves, olive-drab parkas, and 
pieces of radio equipment carefully packed in the 
Burns Library's Linehan collection is a gold-plated 
chalice, the bottom of which is inscribed with key 
events in Linehan 's life. These include "first Mass 
at North Magnetic Pole 1954" and "first Mass at 
South Pole 1958." 

At 10:30 at night August 5, the Monte 
Carlo anchored off the eastern shore of its destina- 
tion, Prince of Wales, in a little harbor. The skip- 

per, alone, took the dory ashore while, on deck, the 
crew "blew the boat's whistle, [and] fired guns." "I 
said a prayer of Thanksgiving," Linehan reported. 
It was Dow's birthday, and the skipper dubbed the 
harbor Birthday Bay. 

Seventy miles to the west, on the opposite coast 
of the island, near Dundas Harbour, was the spot 
where the pole would most likely be found. It was 
for this overland portion of the trip that Dow had 
brought along the Jeep, and the boys lashed to- 
gether barrels to create a raft, with which they fer- 
ried the Jeep ashore. But the wheels sank in the soft 
silt that riddled the island's soil. So on August 10, as 
ice moved in around the boat, young Bill Dow and 
his friends set off on foot. The older men stayed be- 

hind to take more readings. 

The next morning 

Linehan got word by radio that an airplane had 
spotted leads in the ice north of the island. "The 
skipper decided to pull up stakes and head for Dun- 
das Harbour, and either pick up the boys or meet 
them there," Linehan wrote. 

After a long day and a half of wending back and 
forth through channels in the ice, the crew sighted 
the hikers from the crow's nest on the western 
shore. Near the coast on August 15, Linehan got 


his strongest reading with the inductor: 89 degrees 
55 minutes, about as close to an accurate reading of 
magnetic north — 90 degrees — as one could get. 
With data from his other instruments, he mapped a 
triangle nine miles to the side on Prince of Wales 
Island within which the North Magnetic Pole lay. 

Five days later, on August 20, while heading 
home, the Monte Carlo became stuck in pack ice. 
"The ship just rolled up on top of the ice and rolled 
over on its side," recalls Bill Dow. A nearby ice- 
breaker, the Labrador, pushed through and guided 
the boat to freedom. 

Journeying SOUthward, the Monte Carlo 

headed, unawares, into a hurricane that had taken 
95 lives as it swept up the East Coast. The ship's 
radar wasn't working, and Linehan wasn't sure the 
Fathometer, which measured the distance to the 
ocean floor, was either. The ship had sailed at full 

speed through thick ice and heavy fog for days with 
no disaster, and the crew must have been feeling a 
bit cocky. Also they'd acquired a 12th, and very 
distracting, passenger — a husky puppy named 
Kuka, a gift from a native family to whom they'd 
given a lift. 

The first hint of danger came August 29, a Sun- 
day. Around 4:30 in the afternoon, a series of swells 
tipped the boat 45 degrees. The rear end of the 
Jeep broke loose and swung up against the bul- 
warks, and a five-gallon bucket of orange paint was 
knocked over, its contents spilling across the deck. 
"It was impossible to clean it up," Linehan wrote, 
"so they just spread it out & painted the deck & 
have now nailed boards along lines of promenade." 
For the next few days Linehan spent his free time 
watching Kuka and preparing reports from the data 
he'd collected. 

September 1 the storm hit. Linehan reported a 
sleepless night, wishing as each watch came that it 

On August 26, homeward bound, the expedition anchored at Pond Inlet on Baffin Island, where two Oblate priests maintained a church. 
One missionary "has been here 19 years, the other three weeks," wrote tinehan. "They came aboard — we had some beers." 

58 I 

In the Burns Library's Linehan collection is a gold- 
plated chalice, the bottom of which is inscribed with 
key events in Linehan's life. These include "first Mass 

at North Magnetic Pole 

were his so he'd have something to do: "The 12-4 1954" and "firStMaSS at 

watch said that the spray from some of the waves 

went right up to the crow's nest. While at the helm SOUtU i Ole 1 7 5 O . 
some of the rolling would take the chair, or stool, 
right from under the helmsman. . . . Moving pic- 
tures," he wrote, "are the only instrument that 
could express the antics of this lil ship." 

September 2 Linehan reported another sleep- 
less night, "what with the pitching and rolling of 
the ship. Once during the night it was pretty calm 
for an hour but it turned out the gyro compass had 
gone haywire and the boys following it had turned 
the ship right around north again and we had been 
sailing with the storm and that made for easier 
going." The ship, he observed, was a mess, with 
clothes and books and shoes tossed about in the 
fo'c'sle by the waves, and orange paint tracked in 
on everything. 

"In the hold it is a problem for the Board of 
Health," he wrote. The boys had shot and skinned 
seal and bear, and a bucket of bear blubber had 
overturned as well. "Wait till we hit some warm 
weather," Linehan wrote. 

The photographer Margaret Bourke- 
White once spent 1 days with Linehan — the sum- 
mer before the Dow expedition — shooting for a 
Life magazine photo-essay on American Jesuits. 
Linehan was leading a team investigating potential 
dam sites on the Kennebec River in northern 
Maine. The resulting photographs show a man's 
man, wearing a T-shirt and waders, treading 
through rapids to position his dynamite charges, 
observing the resulting explosions, and measuring 
the sound waves as they reached bedrock and 
bounced back. 

In A Report on the American Jesuits, the 1956 
book with John LaFarge that grew out of the Life 
photo-essay, Bourke-White described a revealing 
conversation with Linehan after a day of prospect- 
ing that had started with a simple Mass said in the 
woods. "Take today," he told her. "Today when I 
read my seismograph there were only two who 

knew that rock was down there under sixty feet of 
water. Only God and I knew. And to think this is 
the same God who came down to our altar this 
morning, the same God who made that rock, who 
made all the rocks in the world. 

"I would give up all my seismology," he told her, 
"to celebrate one such Mass as you came to this 
morning. Think of all the energy stored up in the 
world — all that power. That is God. And I held Him 
in my hand this morning. That's why I'm happy." 

By September 8 the hurricane had passed, 
and Linehan was growing pensive: "To live the sea 
in all its moods is the only way to appreciate it," he 
wrote. "To be in a little boat 78 ft. long and see wave 
after wave coming at you and each one higher than 
the Pilot House — to see the wind blow the tops off 
the waves & then lay in your bunk below waterline 
while those waves toss you around like a chip in the 
ocean. To realize there are hundreds of fathoms of 
water below you and hundreds of miles on either 
side of you before any kind of land is reached — then 
you are frightened and wish you never left land — 
but 24 hrs later you are running along in the Gulf of 
St. Lawrence with Newfoundland to port, the sun 
shining with a temp, of 70 degrees F, everyone feel- 
ing fine and the angry old sea metamorphosed into 
a delightfully dispositioned host — you forget yester- 
day and enjoy only today. . . . 

"Beautiful night!" he concluded, "Aurora — 
stars — smooth sea. Spent hours on deck till mid- 
night enjoying it." 

This article marks Charlotte Bruce Harvey s farewell as 
BCiVLf deputy editor. She departs to write full-time. 



powers that be — Richard F. Powers, 
Jr. '40 (left) joins his sons, John J. 
Powers '73 (center) and Richard F. 
Powers III '67, in the atrium of Ful- 
ton Hall, now named for the elder 
Powers and his wife, Mary F. Pow- 
ers. John, a University trustee, and 
Richard, a Wall Street Council co- 
chair, have made a significant en- 
dowment gift to Boston College in 
honor of their parents. 


BC takes the Ever to Excel Campaign national 

As the Ever to Excel Cam- 
paign surpasses the $240-mil- 
lion mark, Boston College is 
taking the Campaign to alum- 
ni, parents, and friends across 
the country. The national ef- 
fort includes a series of region- 
al Campaign events, which 
began with a New York-region 
kickoff at the Pierre Hotel in 
Manhattan on October 25. 

"I am pleased to say that we 
are ahead of schedule on the 
way to achieving the Ever to 
Excel Campaign's $400 million 
goal," said Campaign cochair 
Jack Connors, Jr. '63. "As we 
enter the national phase of the 
Campaign, I am confident that 
our strong and growing na- 
tional community of alumni, 

parents, and friends all over 
the United States will bring us 
to that goal." 

"This is a very important 
point for the Campaign, and 
for the future of our universi- 
ty," added cochair Geoffrey 
T. Boisi '69. "We need every 
member of the Boston College 
family, whether they give one 
dollar or millions, to answer 
the call." 

Boisi echoed the Campaign 
theme of kairos, a Greek word 
that refers to moments in time 
when opportunities and chal- 
lenges meet and, if seized, lead 
to new greatness. 

The Ever to Excel Cam- 
paign supports advances 
at Boston College in teaching, 

research, and student forma- 
tion. Its goals include a signifi- 
cant increase in financial 
aid resources, 100 new profes- 
sorships, strong support for 
campus construction projects, 
and funds that can be used to 
take advantage of special 
opportunities, such as faculty 
research activities and technol- 
ogy assistance for students. 

The Campaign has already 
achieved notable success, in 
terms of both major gifts and 
overall fund-raising. 

Thus far, the University 
has received 53 gifts of 
$1 million or more, and 249 
gifts between $100,000 and 
$1 million. Meanwhile, the 
1999-2000 fund-raising year 

was the most successful in 
the University's history. 

Boston College received 
more than $49.2 million in 
gifts and $79 million in 
pledges last year, both records. 
The University's two annual 
giving societies, President's 
Circle (gifts of $5,000 to 
$9,999) and Fides (gifts of 
$1,000 to $4,999), each set 
membership records as well. 
President's Circle reached its 
benchmark goal of 1,000 
members, a 15-percent 
increase over last year. Fides 
reached a new high with 2,550 
members. With the 10 reunion 
classes pledging more than 
$14.5 million, reunion giving 
also yielded strong results. 

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As alumni and parents, couple makes financial aid gift 

Timothy J- Connors, Jr., 76 
and Debra H. Connors '77 
have made a significant addi- 
tional pledge to die Connors 
Scholarship Fund, which they 
set up last year. 

"We think it is very impor- 
tant to give back to Boston 
College," said Tim Connors, 
"and Debbie and I are happy 
to support our alma mater. We 
also feel that our family legacy, 
which started with my father 
[the late Timothy J. Connors 
'48], is important. We love the 

University more each time we 
visit as alumni and parents." 
The Connors's daughter 
Kimberly is a junior in the 
College of Arts and Sciences, 
and Debra Connors said that 
as parents "we especially 
appreciate the importance of 
providing financial aid to 
needy students. That this fund 
will make the difference in 
enabling an outstanding young 
man or woman to attend 
Boston College gives us 
a great deal of satisfaction." 

Terry Granahan, the Office 
of Development's director of 
principal gifts, said, "We are 
very grateful for the Connors's 
generosity and loyalty." 

Timothy Connors, who 
holds a bachelor of science in 
accounting, is the president 
and chief executive officer of 
the television network ITN, 
Inc., in New York City. Debra 
Connors earned a bachelor of 
arts in elementary special edu- 
cation from the Lynch School 
of Education. 


Participation rate increase is also key to Campaign's success 

Wiile major gifts make the 
headlines in any fund-raising 
campaign, institutional ad- 
vancement professionals say 
that participation — building 
broad support with numerous 
smaller gifts — is just as vital. 

Boston College is seeking a 
high rate of participation 
in the Ever to Excel Cam- 
paign, particularly now, with 
the $400 million Campaign 
entering the national phase. 

BC hopes to widen its ap- 
peal beyond what it achieved 
in the last capital campaign, 
when the University raised 
$136 million through the gifts 
of 56,347 individual donors. 

High participation directly 
affects the total money raised, 

but it also helps Boston Col- 
lege in less obvious ways. 

The percentage of alumni 
giving is a key element in the 
U.S. News & World Report 
college rankings. Among seven 
of BC's competitor schools — 
Harvard, Cornell, Brown, the 
University of Notre Dame, 
Georgetown, Tufts University, 
and the University of North 
Carolina — six have higher 
alumni giving rates than BC. 

In addition, corporations 
and foundations often consider 
participation when making 
grant awards — and these affect 
everything from a university's 
overall financial health to the 
productivity of its faculty. 

Fides giving society chair- 

man Edmund F. Murphy '84 
said he and his corps of volun- 
teers will work hard to elevate 
alumni participation. "Donors 
aspire to join Fides," he said, 
"so we need to encourage 
alumni to make that first gift, 
to take that first step on the 
way to Fides." 

University trustee and 
President's Circle chair Susan 
McManama Gianinno '70 said 
she is confident the Campaign 
theme — that this moment 
offers a rare chance for unpar- 
alleled excellence — will "strike 
a chord" with the BC commu- 
nitv. The theme is "credible 
and timely," said Gianinno; it 
achieves "just the right balance 
of immediacy and aspiration." 


The eighth annual Pops on the 
Heights Scholarship Gala, held in 
Conte Forum on September 22, 
raised more than $1.3 million for 
the Pops scholarship fund. The 
benefit concert, which has raised 
more than $8 million for under- 
graduate scholarships, featured 
former Boston Pops conductor 
John Williams leading the Boston 
Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and 
also included the Boston College 
Chorale, the Naval Academy 
Men's Glee Club, and Broadway 
performer Ron Raines. 


The following endowed funds were 
recently established at Boston 
College. New funds may be estab- 
lished and contributions to exist- 
ing funds may be made through 
the Office of Development, 
More Hall. 


• The George Michael-Xavier 
Bronzo and Brian Angel Bronzo 
Memorial Scholarship Fund 

• The Arthur and Margaret 
Carriuolo Scholarship Fund 

• The Clean/ Family Scholarship 

■ The Curnane Family Memorial 
Scholarship Fund 

■ The D'Agostine Family Athletic 
Scholarship Funds 

• The Christine Martin '96 
Memorial Scholarship Fund 

• The Charles P. '45 and 
Pauline O. McKenzie Family 
Scholarship Fund 

• The Murphy Family Scholarship 

• The James G. Murphy 
Scholarship Fund 

• The Nugent Family Football 
Scholarship Fund 

• The Anne F. Schoen Memorial 
Scholarship Fund 



Great awakening 

Though politically powerful, 20th-century Conservative Protestants have been also-rans 

in the American intellectual sweepstakes. Not any longer, says BC political scientist 

Alan Wolfe in a recent Atlantic Monthly cover story. 

An interview by Ben Birnbaum. 

What are the origins of fundamentalist anti- 

When American conservative Chris- 
tianity originated early in the 20th cen- 
tury, it was a movement in protest 
against the emergence of liberal 
Protestantism, Methodism, and so on. 
Those denominations had created suc- 
cessful institutions of higher learning. 
Methodism, for example, created Em- 
ory, Northwestern, Boston University, 
and Southern Methodist. But the fun- 
damentalists were dead set against that 
kind of development, particularly in the 
1920s, defining themselves in opposi- 
tion to modernity, which meant in op- 
position to the life of the mind. They 
had theological seminaries that aspired 
to their own standards of intellectual 
rigor and that would produce an occa- 
theologian, but their colleges re- 
d their distrust of modernity and 
Enlightenment culture. This attitude is 
d in a quote from Billy Sunday, 

the fundamentalist preacher, who said, 
"When the word of God says one thing 
and scholarship says another, scholar- 
ship can go to hell." 

In your article, you term the colleges you 
studied evangelical, not fundamentalist. 
Most of us use the terms interchangeably, 
but clearly to you they mean two different 
modes of Protestant Christianity. 
The original founders of the colleges I 
studied were fundamentalists, essential- 
ly the originators of the 20th-centurv 
brand of American conservative Chris- 
tianity. The first two presidents of 
Wheaton College in Illinois,- for exam- 
ple — which I describe in my Atlantic 
Monthly article as an evangelical institu- 
tion — clearly thought of themselves as 
fundamentalists. It was Billy Graham, 
himself a Wheaton graduate, who in 
the 1930s played the major role in 
defining what we know as the neo- 
evangelical movement. 

Of course, the term evangelical has a 
very long history in Christianity, tak- 
ing its meaning from the word "gos- 
pel" — "good news." But people like 
Graham, who wanted to retain their 
strong commitment to conservative 
Protestantism but to be less antimod- 
ern, redefined it. They wanted to move 
out into the world, to be taken serious- 
ly by the rest of America. Those are 
the people that I call evangelical. A 
well-known example of a fundamental- 
ist who specifically opposed the evan- 
gelical project was Bob Jones Senior, 
who founded Bob Jones University, 
where George W Bush got into trou- 
ble during the primaries. 

What are evangelical colleges like? 
The ones I know best, because I visited 
them, are Baylor, Pepperdine, and 
Wheaton. I also visited Fuller Theo- 
logical Seminary, which is not an un- 
dergraduate college. There are many 

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other evangelical colleges. In the 
Boston area, we have Gordon-Conwell 
Theological Seminary and Gordon 
College, both of which are highly re- 
garded in evangelical and fundamen- 
talist circles. 

These colleges are small, for the 
most part, financially healthy, and gen- 
erally located in towns and cities that 
are out of the mainstream. The student 
bodies are predominately middle class 
or better, and at most of these colleges, 
you have to be a confessing member of 
the appropriate church in order to 
teach or study there. If you happen to 
be moved to take up another faith 
while you're there — Catholicism, for 
example — it's soon made plain to you 
that you need to leave. 

What's the evidence that the Billy Sunday 
view no longer obtains — that there's a 
sense of intellectual purpose and serious- 
ness at evangelical colleges? 

There are two main pieces of evidence. 
The first is that in recent years these 
evangelical colleges have hired excel- 
lent scholars who also happen to be 
evangelicals — often luring them away 
from secular institutions. These are 
people like Mark Noll, whose The 
Scandal of the Evangelical Mind ( 1 994) is 
probably the toughest critique of fun- 
damentalism as an intellectual exer- 
cise- — far tougher than some critiques 
that have come from liberal scholars. 
Or the literary scholar Roger Lundin 
at Wheaton, or George Marsden at 
Notre Dame, who six years ago wrote 
The Sold of the American University on 
the decline of religious commitment in 
America's universities. These scholars 
are not only producing good research, 
but they are producing research that is 
inspired by their religious beliefs. 

The second piece of evidence is the 
students. I sat in on classes everywhere 
I visited, and I was extremely im- 
pressed with the students' seriousness 
of purpose and the tone of classroom 
discussion. They had done their read- 
ing and they took ideas seriously. Their 
discussion could stand against the best 

kind of student conversation at any se- 
lect institution I've ever taught at. 

So how came this revolution? 
Money, of course. You can't have an un- 
funded revolution, and in this case the 
funds have come from private founda- 
tions. It's interesting that some of these 
colleges do not accept federal money. 
Wheaton, for example, has very strong 
science departments and has never ac- 
cepted a National Science Foundation 
grant. They get corporations to fund 
their labs, and they rely on the incredi- 
ble dedication of the faculty. 

In the main, the money to raise the 
intellectual standing of these colleges 
has come from the Pew Charitable 
Trust and the Lilly Endowment. These 
are very well-off foundations, which 
incidentally fund some of my work as 
well. Lilly briefly became the largest 
philanthropic foundation in America a 
few years ago. Today it's in the top six, 
but it surpassed the Ford Foundation a 
couple of years ago. I think their vision 
has been to use the money to drive the 
professorate into respectability rather 
than the university, and that's a lot 
cheaper to accomplish. So we're not 
talking about building stadiums for 
football. We're talking about English 
professors, we're talking about setting 
up financial aid scholarships. 

But something else was at work 
here, too. You can have a vision and 
money, but you also need demand. And 
this has come from the students them- 
selves and, one presumes, from their 
parents. There is absolutely no deny- 
ing, for example, that the students at 
Wheaton College are upper-middle- 
class Americans right down to their 
1,300 SAT scores, just like the vast 
majority of students at Boston College 
or Duke or Brown. And this is evi- 
dence of a sociological transformation 
of evangelical Protestants in America. 

It's very similar, in fact, to the soci- 
ological transformation of American 
Catholics that took place a generation 
earlier. The students are just not going 
to put up with intellectually mediocre 

institutions. They will go to secular in- 
stitutions if that is the only way they 
can get a respectable education. 

Tell me something that surprised you when 
you visited these colleges for the Atlantic. 
A number of things surprised me. I 
mean, I wasn't surprised that there was 
a strong intellectual current at these 
places. I knew that had been happen- 
ing, and that's why I wanted to do the 
story. But sitting in classrooms, I was 
very impressed by how excited faculty 
were about ideas. 

I had a chance to hear Roger Lun- 
din speak. Lundin is a great scholar of 
Emily Dickinson. And I said to myself: 
What's this guy going to say that I'd be 
interested in? And he got up, and he 
just grabbed us all right from the be- 
ginning, speaking in this revivalist kind 
of rhythm. It was brilliant. Everyone 
just sat there and listened with open 
mouth and was immediately into 
Emily Dickinson's writing. It's fantastic 
and quite striking how completely un- 
cynical these people are about being 
scholars and teachers. 

And if you think about it, it makes 
sense. Because ideas are new in their 
tradition. This was very nice for me to 
see because in the circles I travel in you 
often find people who are very blase 
about ideas. Whatever you can say 
about the evangelical colleges — they're 
limited in scope; they're anti-Catholic 
to some degree — you can't say they're 
cynical. And cynicism is a big disease of 
the secular university. 

What do you mean when you say that these 
colleges are limited in their scope? 
The arts, primarily. Wheaton College 
was having an art exhibit when I was 
there, and the paintings were the worst 
I'd ever seen in a college-sponsored ex- 
hibit in my life. It occurred to me that 
evangelical Protestants don't have a 
tradition of painting. Music is another 
tradition where these places are not 
strong. The evangelical Protestant tra- 
dition hasn't created great music since 
the glory days of Bach. 



In a similar way, religious literature 
is either Russian Orthodox or Cath- 
olic: Dostoyevsky or Flannery O'Con- 
nor. You certainly can't find much of an 
evangelical equivalent. For fundamen- 
talists and evangelicals, the Bible is the 
only theology, so when they need to 
teach religious ideas — particularly in 
their seminaries — they tend to borrow 
Catholic writers. They read Walker 
Percy in literature classes. Wheaton 
houses important collections of OS. 
Lewis and G. K. Chesterton. 

But at the same time, Catholics can't teach 
on the faculties. 

Yes. \Mreaton has no Catholics on its 
faculty. And when you won't allow on 
your faculty the same authors whose 
letters are welcome in your archives, 
you've got a problem. 

Over the years, certain creedal re- 
quirements regarding faculty have 
been relaxed at some of these colleges. 
For example Calvin College used to 
require its faculty to be members of the 
Christian Reformed Church. But you 
can't build a good faculty — or maybe 
any faculty at all — just from members 
of the Christian Reformed Church, so 
they changed the requirement to allow 
faculty members to belong to other 
churches that are in communion with 
the Christian Reformed Church. 
Where you apparently can't expand 
this creedal umbrella is to the kind of 
Christians called Catholics. 

Historically, of course, American 
evangelicalism meant opposition to 
Catholicism, an extension of the Re- 
formation. At the same time, American 
Catholics seem to have dropped the 
Counter Reformation, so to speak. 
Nathan Hatch, the provost of Notre 
Dame, for example, is not only an 
evangelical Christian but one of the 
great scholars of the movement. It's 
fascinating that Notre Dame, a 
Catholic university, had no problem 
with the idea of an evangelical Protes- 
tant as its chief academic officer, but 
Wheaton doesn't have a single 
Catholic on the faculty. 

Can a college be great when it deliberately 
excludes not just Catholics, but anyone else 
who isn't an evangelical Protestant? 

My own view is that ultimately it can't. 
I think it's difficult in two ways. First, 
you cut yourself off not just from other 
people and ideas, but potentially from 
other great people and important 
ideas. Second, education becomes a 
much less challenging or satisfying 
proposition for a teacher or a student 
when everyone you encounter pretty 
much agrees with you, and the only ar- 
guments you have are with a text. 

Moreover, I think the residual anti- 
Catholicism of these colleges stands as 
an absolute block to intellectual great- 
ness — not simply because it keeps 
Catholics out but because it manifests 
a closed mind toward people whose 
ideas the schools may disagree with. 

But while you critique evangelical colleges — 
and while you yourself, as a Jew, couldn't 
teach at any of them — it's clear that you do 
admire their effort. And not simply because 
they're trying to create an intellectual tradi- 
tion. You write that "evangelicals are trying 
to create a life of the mind at a time when 
secular scholars question whether a life of 
the mind is worth having." 
Yes. It's one of the things I appreciated 
about visiting these places. In a culture 
in which the main attractions are vio- 
lent videos and rap music, I'll take the 
Bible, thank you, over that stuff. At 
least you have to read it. And you have 
to confront the word and take it seri- 
ously At most universities we talk a lot 
about being critical of everything. 
Well, in that context, maybe having 
one text, the Bible, that you're not crit- 
ical of, opens you to other texts. 

And what about forbidden texts? Is a typical 
evangelical curriculum a bowdlerized "great 
books" program? 

Not at all. Well, certainly not at Fuller 
Theological Seminary, where Freud is 
taught in psychology, and Jung even 
more so. Some of the students at 
Wheaton were a little uncomfortable 
with the sex in Walker Percy, and the 

teacher had to go through an explana- 
tion of why they were reading it. But 
even Foucault is not forbidden. 

Talk about that, if you would. Postmod- 
ernism is very much in favor at these col- 
leges, is it not? 

It's well received because it stands in 
basic agreement with what Protestant 
conservatives have preached for a long 
time — that in the end you can't rely on 
your own mind, on rational thought or 
science. In the end, you believe. You 
may believe in quantum mechanics. 
You may believe in the Bible as divine 
revelation. But you make a choice to 
believe, to decide what is truth. 

Does this movement say anything about 
the country right now? Are there any larger 
lessons to be drawn than this immediate 

I think it's significant in itself that there 
is such a large movement in America. 
Don't forget that Conservative Protes- 
tants make up 29 percent of the popu- 
lation. But I also think the story shows 
the incredible power of what we call 
modernity. All other religious groups 
have gone through this process, and 
one might admire fundamentalists for 
resisting it, but they can't. To me it's a 
testimony to how powerful these En- 
lightenment ideas are. For these peo- 
ple to really succeed, they need to meet 
and deal with their lives on their own 
terms. It doesn't mean that they have 
to become secular humanists or ni- 
hilists, but I think the Enlightenment 
was a pretty good idea, overall, and 
that people's lives are enriched when 
they deal with it in some way. It was 
bad for America and for conservative 
Protestants when fundamentalists 
withdrew from the rest of society. It 
corrupted them because it gave them a 
paranoid outlook on the world that 
produced an ugly politics of suspicion 
in the United States; and it was bad for 
America because the rest of America 
could ignore these people. And so the 
idea of their participating more in the 
culture can benefit both. 

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Street smart 


Odds are that Doug Safranek is the only master bagpiper 
among the painters whose works are exhibited at the 
Metropolitan Museum of Art. Safranek, acclaimed for his 
detailed, evocative renderings of New York City street 
scenes, has just returned from the World Bagpipe Band 
Championships in Scotland, where the Cyril Scott Bagpipe 
Band, to which he belongs, placed second in one event. 

Safranek defies the image of the tortured egocentric in 
the harsh New York art world. The 44-year-old painter has 
a boyish friendliness and modest manner that speaks ot his 
upbringing in Spokane, Washington. A former competitive 
swimmer at BC, where he majored in French and political 
science, he keeps a pressed tuxedo hanging in his closet, 
"just in case I have to go back to waiting tables," he says. 

From the lone window in his small studio in a former 
pencil factory, Safranek overlooks Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 
the type of industrial neighborhood often described as "grit- 
ty." It's a landscape that has inspired him since he moved 
here in 1985, after receiving an MFA from the University of 
Wisconsin. "This is such a vertical city, with so many differ- 
ent, stacked layers," he says. "It's like a huge stage set for 
human activity." Safranek began sketching the views — 

including fire escapes, water towers, streetlights — from his 
apartment window, and now he searches out the details of 
urban life "wherever the subway takes me." 

Many of Safranek's paintings are miniatures. He works in 
a centuries-old medium, egg tempera. "A lot of people con- 
sider it a dinosaur from the early Renaissance. I like the idea 
of looking at these not obviously beautiful, rough landscapes 
and interpreting inner-city street scenes with a medium that 
generally was used for spiritual images." 

The process of mixing pigment and egg yolk, then ap- 
plying multiple layers of color to canvas, yields a unique 
"waxy luminescence," but it is labor-intensive and the medi- 
um is unforgiving. Safranek has just discovered several 
cracks in the painting that currendy sits on his easel. "If 
there isn't a way to fix them, and I'm afraid there isn't, I'll 
have lost several months just on one corner of this painting. 
All the figures that cracked apart I've worked for hours on 
to make into individuals. I'm trying not to panic," he laughs, 
feigning wide-eyed terror. 

Ann Cohen 

Ann Cohen is a freelance writer living in New York City. 

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Roche Bros, supermarkets owner Patrick Roche '57, Barbara Roche, and University President William P. Leahy, SJ, join Susan Carter 
and Judy Richal in the Wellesley, Massachusetts, Roche Bros, store. Photograph by Gary W. Gilbert. 


With their $3 million gift to the Ever to Excel 
Campaign, Patrick Roche '51 and his wife Bar- 
bara have focused on the classroom, pledging 
$2 million to endow a University Professorship 
and $1 million to enlarge The Patrick E. and Bar- 
bara A. Roche Scholarship Fund. The Roche gift 
reflects the University's commitment to attracting 
outstanding students and faculty to the Heights.